Well-trained social workers are in high demand today. Schools, hospitals, advocacy organizations, and a host of governmental and private agencies all require insightful and committed professionals. Our program gives you the kind of hands-on experience you'll need to succeed in any field you choose.
Bachelors Degree in Social Work
Humboldt State has been educating social work professionals for more than 50 years. This rich legacy energizes an accredited social work program focused on social justice, empowerment and multiculturalism.
Masters Degree in Social Work
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers a full-time, two-year course of study and an advanced standing one-year program for candidates with an accredited undergraduate degree in social work. A 3.5 year part-time online MSW program is also offered as well as a 2 year part-time online advanced standing MSW program. The MSW program at Humboldt State is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Online BA and Masters in Social Work Degrees
**BREAKING NEWS: DL MSW Program Application period EXTENDED UNTIL 9/30/13**
Humboldt State offers online undergraduate and graduate social work degrees. One section of each required BA course is available online each semester. The application process and program costs for the undergraduate program are no different than the regular HSU application process, but each online section is limited to 20 students. The MSW program has a separate application process and fee structure.
Applications for the 3.5 year Online program will be accepted August 1-31 for January admissions.
The 2 year Advanced Standing Online MSW program will accept applications January 1-31 for classes that begin in June.
As of Spring 2014 fees for the online MSW program are $510/unit. Each semester is 7.5 units (for non-stipend students). There are three semesters per year except in the final year when there is only one.
The cost per unit may increase to preserve the self-support nature of the program. Fees are expected to increase by 5% in Fall, 2015.
If you are interested in learning more about Humboldt State's involvement with online learning, please check out the Distributed Learning website at: http://humboldt.edu/dl.
Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Project
Through the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a career in public child welfare or Tribal child welfare may apply for a stipend in return for agreeing to work for a child welfare service agency after graduation. For undergraduates, the stipend is $15,000 in their last year. For graduate students, it is $18,500 for each year of the full-time social work program and tuition, fees, books, and travel expenses up to a capped amount for each year of the part-time social work program.
Information regarding the Title IV-E program at Humboldt State University can be found in the BA and MSW program sections, or contact the Department of Social Work.
Mental Health Educational Stipend Program
The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) has partnered with the California Department of Mental Health to offer final year MSW students an educational stipend to support the development of an excellent mental health workforce. Passage of the Mental Health Services Act in 2004 allowed for the expansion of mental health services in California. The Mental Health Educational Stipend Program is part of this expansion. In return for an $18,500 stipend, students in the last year of their MSW program spend their internship in a mental health setting (a public mental health agency or a private non-profit organization contracted with a public mental health agency) and agree to work in a similar setting for one year. The Mental Health Stipend is available to Advanced/Concentration Year Masters students who are selected to complete their field placement with the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch or with a local agency that is contracted with DHHS - MHB. Students must be present for an in person interview and must attend a weekly on-campus seminar. For more information contact Carrie Cline, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information regarding the Mental Health Educational Stipend Program can be found in the MSW Program section.
Social Work Faculty Tribute Scholarship
The Department of Social Work and Humboldt State University award one $500-$1000 scholarship to one junior or senior in the BA Social Work program or to one graduate student in the MSW program. The award is distributed in two equal installments, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. For more information contact the Department of Social Work office or the Humboldt State Office of Financial Aid.
Altrusitic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute
The Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute was founded in 1982 by Dr. Samuel P. Oliner and Dr. Pearl Oliner, who recognized the need for more research into the areas of altruism and prosocial behavior. The Institute was founded with the dual purpose of studying specific examples of heroic and conventional altruism and seeking out ways to enhance altruism and prosocial behavior in society. The institute's founders are Samuel P. Oliner and Pearl Oliner. Sam is a native of Poland, a Holocaust survivor, and an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Humboldt State University. Pearl is an Emeritus Professor of Education at Humboldt State. The Directors of the Institute are Sam Oliner and Ronnie Swartz. Ronnie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Humboldt State. For more information about the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute, click here
Explorations: An E-Journal of Narrative Practice
This free e-journal is now available. As a Participating Partner in Explorations, we wanted to let you know that this journal will be published regularly and is an international, peer-reviewed forum for narrative practitioners. We hope that this e-journal will contribute to the creative development of narrative practices by supporting new generations of writers, and enabling free access to literature about narrative practice to people in different parts of the world. To read the E-journal, just follow the link: http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au/e-journal.htm