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Social Work is one of the most dynamic, versatile and rewarding professions in today’s world. At Seattle University, you will gain a solid foundation in the profession’s theory, practice, skills, and values to effectively assist diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities and advocate for social change. Your courses will challenge you to apply theory and learn problem solving techniques to improve the well being of people and their ability navigate social systems.
As a social work major, you will work directly with social work professionals in the classroom and in the community. Our faculty are active scholars, practitioners, and leaders in the field of social work and social work education. We are passionate about our work and your success.
We expect our graduates to make a difference in the world through ethical leadership redressing social inequities in their social work profession. Our alumni are pursuing social work careers in a range of areas including family support, foster care and adoption, child welfare, juvenile justice, gerontology, school-based or medical social work, mental health/ clinical social work, research, advocacy and policy development. They are case managers, advocates, therapists, policy analysts, administrators, behavioral coaches, and outreach workers. Some have gone on to volunteer with Peace Corps, Teach for America, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Catholic Relief Services.
Amelia Kent, BSW Alumni, Published in Democracy Chronicles
Amelia Kent, BSW is currently serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cebu City, Philippines. Amelia works with victims of sex trafficking and prostitution at an agency that does outreach, provides shelter services, job readiness programs and conducts advocacy and HIV/AIDS education in the community. Amelia is a dedicated advocate for democracy and social justice. She hopes to continue fighting for human rights and equality through direct service, and writing about her experiences from abroad in what Peace Corps calls, “The hardest job you’ll ever love.” You can read more about Amelia’s Peace Corps experience on her blog: http://amelia-philippines.blogspot.com/
The Inconvenience of Homelessness in America - Featured in Democracy Chronicles
Dr. Gary Perry - "When I See Haiti, I Cannot Help but See New Orleans" - Part 1
Dr. Gary Perry - "When I See Haiti, I Cannot Help but See New Orleans" - Part 2
Tattoos on the Heart: Lessons from the Barrio
Mark Cohan, accomplished scholar of the Steampunk subculture, was featured in the Seattle University Magazine.
Jodi O’Brien recently published “Seeking Normal? Considering Same-Sex Marriage” in Seattle Journal for Social Justice.
Robert Efird is back from a Fulbright-sponsored sabbatical in China, where he spent a year working with local communities engaged in environmental education.
Gary Perry presented a paper at the 2012 meetings of the Association of Black Sociologists titled “Class, Take Out Your iPhones: Teaching Urban Sociology with New Media.”
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