Program Summary

  • Degrees and Specializations Offered

    Bachelor of Social Work:In order to earn the bachelor of social work degree, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative and a program/major grade point average of 2.00

    Bachelor of Social Work with Departmental Honors: The honors major in social work offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals.

    • Application to the major: To be accepted to the program, students must have both a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50 and must have completed SOCW 3010, SOCW 3040, and SOCW 3110. Interested students should apply in spring quarter of the junior year or fall quarter of the senior year.
    • Completion of the major: During senior year, social work honors students will take the social work honors sequence (SOCW 477 for 3 credits in the fall quarter, SOCW 478 for 3 credits in the winter quarter, and SOCW 479 for 4 credits in the spring quarter). Students in the social work honors major complete 10 credits of course work above the norm for social work majors (for a total of 72 credits in social work), and also complete a substantial thesis under the direction of a faculty member. The thesis will be subject to approval by department faculty and will be presented in an oral defense. In order to complete the requirements for social work honors and receive a notation to that effect on their transcripts, students must also maintain a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50.
    • In addition, the grade received for SOCW 479 Social Work Honors Thesis Supervision must be an A or A-. In addition to the bachelor of social work major requirements, the honors major also includes SOCW 477 - Honors: Directed Reading, SOCW 478 - Honors: Directed Study, and SOCW 479 - Honors:Thesis Supervision. Click here for degree requirements.


    Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

    General Program Requirements

    Students may declare a major in social work at any point from admission to Seattle University through fall of the junior year. Declaring the major as early as possible is encouraged so that students may be accurately advised. Students are asked to meet regularly with their advisors given the sequenced nature of the curriculum. Social Work majors may choose any minor.

    Academic Progression in Social Work

    Majors are required to apply for formal admission as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree candidate in the fall of their junior year. Admission requirements include: junior level standing, an overall GPA of 2.50, and completion of Phase One and Social Science I and II of Phase Two of the Core, and BIOL 101 (or its equivalent). Acceptance as a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree candidate is based on faculty review of completed applications which contain a personal statement, academic transcripts, three letters of reference, and a Washington State Patrol criminal background check. Students are referred to the Social Work Program Student Handbook and an Application packet for a more detailed description of the application process. Eligibility to progress in the major and receive the BSW degree is contingent on acceptance as a degree candidate.

    Students complete a 450-hour Field Practicum (SOCW 470-2) during their senior year. Students are placed at social service agencies and are supervised by approved social work professionals. The Social Work Program Handbook provides a more detailed description of the Program’s Field Education.

    Extensive advising about social work as a career, the BSW program, and admissions procedures is available to all interested students from the program director. Please contact the director or the program administrative assistant for more information.

  • Announcements

    SU BSW Alumni Event

    Welcoming the 2014 Cohort into the Social Work Profession

    Networking and seeing old friends

    Friday June 13th 6:00-8:00

    Casey Atrium & patio