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Department of Social Work

Part of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

The Department of Social Work has been serving communities in Pueblo area since the 1960s and has been nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1982. 

We offer a competitive undergraduate program designed to prepare majors for successful careers in Social Work and related areas to prepare students for advanced graduate study.  We also offer a competitive graduate program which includes the option for advanced standing placement for students who have an a CSWE-accredited BSW and meet other criteria.

The Department of Social Work offers a proactive student-faculty advising experience. We have a collaborative department culture, where we like to recognize our student accomplishments and outstanding performance.

About the Department

Program Offerings

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Social Work, BSW

The BSW program is committed to promoting social and economic justice through excellence, creativity, and innovation. 
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Social Work, MSW

The MSW program prepares social work practitioners with advanced works required to serve diverse clients of all sizes.


  • Transfer Students: Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) and Pueblo Community College (PCC) have established a transfer agreement, enabling students who have completed the Associate of Arts degree in Social Work to seamlessly transition into a BSW and later the MSW program at CSU-Pueblo.  
  • Campus Connection: We offer an award-winning therapeutic mentoring program for at-risk youth and high-impact service-learning courses.
  • Stipends: The Child Welfare Stipends Program at CSU Pueblo's Department of Social Work provides funding to qualified students to help with educational expenses such as tuition, books, etc. Stipends exist for students and existing county employees in both rural and urban agencies.
  • Internships/Placements: Students in both BSW and MSW programs are paired up with agencies by the Department of Social Work. No student is required to find their own placement. We have over 200 agencies that we have pre-approved and are happy to work with students already employed in the field to develop an employment-based field opportunity.

Reputation of Excellence

When you enroll in our academic offerings, you gain a network of mentors and role models through our strong alumni community. We maintain alumni relationships through an online database, guest speakers, and professional networking.

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Dena Rodriguez

Mental Wellness Supervision Program Manager - Spark the Change Colorado

"The BSW program opened my eyes to community involvement and nonprofit work. As a student in the BSW Social Work Program, I was required to do volunteer work for one of the courses. This volunteer experience helped me become acquainted with the structure of a nonprofit, services provided to vulnerable clients, and community partners. I loved helping the clients and realized I have a passion for nonprofit organizations and helping people. Because of the volunteer work, I did during this course, I was offered a job within the organization. Over time, I applied to become the Executive Director of this organization and was offered the job. The job requirements included having a Bachelor's Degree in a Social Services/Human Services Field, which gave me an advantage! The knowledge that I learned in the BSW program helped me to build up the organization and its services. In one course, the students had to develop an 8-week support group for a semester assignment and I was able to implement the curriculum into the program services. The social work professors challenged me as a student and for this, I am grateful because I am a successful entrepreneur in the nonprofit world. I am a PROUD Alumni of the Social Work Program at Colorado State University of Pueblo!"

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