Housed in the College of Professional Studies, the Worden School of Social Service is home to Our Lady of the Lake University's social work programs. As the first school of social work in Texas, established more than 75 years ago, OLLU has set the standards for social work education and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences is integral to the Worden School's mission and commitment to working with at-risk populations, with special emphasis on Hispanic children and families. At the undergraduate level, students can earn a biliterate (English-Spanish) certificate with the BSW and/or a certificate in Violence Prevention and Intervention. At the MSW level, students acquire skills and knowledge for specialized intervention in direct practice, with special emphasis on Hispanic children and families.
The Worden School is often recognized for excellence in educating the country's social workers. Most recently, the Worden School won the Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Learning by a 4-Year Higher Education Organization presented by Texas Distance Learning Association, which was awarded in April 2015.