Social Justice Focused and Community-Based Social Work

Welcome to the Social Work Department at Seattle University

We offer:

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) 
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with Departmental Honors
  • Minor in Social Welfare

Leaders in social justice-focused social work education, our faculty integrates 4 central facets of social justice in all aspects of our curriculum:

  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • A decolonizing lens
  • An equity lens

We educate our students to challenge systemic injustice, help those in vulnerable situations, heal trauma, and strive for social change through their practices.  Our students are trained to become leaders in community-based social work practice in areas such as children and family services, mental health and medical health care, school-based counseling, trauma-informed practice, aging, and client and policy advocacy.

Bachelor of Social Work

One of the most dynamic, versatile, and rewarding professions in today’s world and one of the fastest growing. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects social work employment to grow faster than all other occupations between 2016 and 2022.

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Master of Social Work

Offering two pathways to your degree, the two-year MSW program and the Advanced Standing MSW designed for BSW graduates from CSWE-accredited baccalaureate social work programs.

Contact Us

  • Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD

    Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW, PhD

    Chair, Social Work
    Director, Master of Social Work

  • Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

    Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

    Director, Bachelor of Social Work

  • Estella Williamson, DSW

    Estella Williamson, DSW

    Field Director

  • Katie Hoag

    Katie Hoag

    Program Coordinator, Master of Social Work

  • Anna McCain

    Anna McCain

    Administrative Assistant, Department of Social Work

    Offices: Casey 330

Graduating Seniors Receive Social Work Departmental Awards

Taylene Watson, MSW Social Justice Award

Jo BechtoldJo Bechtold

Jo was nominated by faculty and her peers for her notable social justice organizing and leadership while at SU. Jo’s activism efforts were channeled through several groups: White Students Against Racism, Ignite the Mission, and Students for Economic Justice; and as a fellow with the national organization Young People For. Jo’s practicum placement was at the King County Office of Public Defense providing legal mitigation for low-income community members. 

Jo will be attending Seattle University's Master in Social Work Advanced Standing Program in the fall with the career goal to work as a legal mitigator for persons with low incomes. 

Madeline Lovell Academic Excellence Award

Emily PacunskiEmily Pacunski

Emily is graduating summa cum laude with double degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice. Her exemplar academic achievements compliment her wonderful collegial spirit. Emily was placed at Goodwill Industries for her field practicum. Emily will be returning to SU in the fall to pursue her Master in Social Work in the Advanced Standing Program with a focus on trauma-informed treatment.