Social Work

Social Work Program

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and two years of post-master experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.
A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.
The Associate of Arts in Social Work at Cankdeska Cikana Community College is designed to prepare a student that is intending on obtaining a baccalaureate degree in Social Work. This two year program will provide students with the essential study prerequisites that are necessary in biology, mathematics, English, and social sciences as well as social work courses that are mandatory prerequisites in order to qualify for the baccalaureate degree in most social work programs throughout North Dakota.

Program Outcomes:

• The student will demonstrate the ability to work within the social work systems perspective.
• The student will apply generalist social work practice in planning/conducting interventions.
• The student will demonstrate technical proficiency in completing an assessment.
• The student will demonstrate ethical responsibility in the social work profession.


The Social Work faculty are an amalgamation of professionals who have been employed in the private and public sectors of tribal and federal government and education. They continue to participate in professional development and scholarly activity to enhance their knowledge and to serve as role models for lifelong learning.

Galynn Lindemann

Galynn Lindemann


Courses of Essential Studies

Course # Course Name Offered
ENGL 100 Student Success FA,SP
ENGL 110 College Composition I FA,SP,SU
ENGL 120 College Composition II* FA,SP,SU
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FA,SP 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology SP 3
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology FA
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers FA,SP 3
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics** SP 3
  ND:FA or ND:HUM or ND:HIST   3
  ND:SS or ND:HIST  
HPER 217 Personal & Community Health FA,SP 2
HPER101-104 Physical Education Activity   1
DS 110 Dakota Culture and History*** FA,SP,SU
ENGL 161 Dakota Language I FA,SP,SU 4
  *Prerequisite of ENGL 110 (College Composition I)  
  **Prerequisite of ASC093 (Intermediate Algebra) or Appropriate Placement Test  
  ***Alternate Summer Rotation  


Core Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
SWK 255 Introduction to Social Work FA,SP
SWK 257 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I FA,SP
SWK 101 Case Management I FA
SWK 103 Introduction to Counseling FA
SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare FA
SWK 274 Substance Use and Abuse SP 3
SWK 262 Indian Child Welfare SP
  TOTAL   22


Degree Program Total Credits.....64