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The Winona State Social Work Department recently received accreditation until 2021 through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The department has been accredited continuously by CSWE since 1984. This is the fourth time it has received this accreditation.

Cathleen Faruque is a 1982 graduate of the WSU Social Work Department and currently serves as a Professor of Social Work and as the Department Chair. Faruque said CSWE accreditation highlights the excellence of the program.

“Our students are able to apply for state social work licensure as well as advanced standing for Masters of Social Work programs,” Faruque said. “Our program is known in the Midwest for its excellence because of our faculty and student engagement in the community and service learning.”

The department plans to recognize its 30th anniversary as a major at WSU with a celebration in the spring.

For more information contact Cathleen Faruque at

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