Social Justice Focused and Community-Based Social Work

Welcome to the Social Work Department at Seattle University

The mission of the Seattle University (SU) Department of Social Work is to educate students for social justice-focused and community-based social work practice. We educate our students to challenge systemic injustice, help those in vulnerable situations, heal trauma, and strive for social change through their practices. The Department is committed to respectful engagement and collaboration with community partners in its scholarship, teaching, and service.

Leaders in social justice-focused social work education. 

Welcome to Seattle University's Social Work Department! View a welcome message from Dr. Hye-Kyung Kang, MSW Director and Social Work Department  Chair and Associate Professor. 

Social Justice Statement

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

    *On sabbatical for AY 2021-2022

    Chair, Social Work
    Director, Master of Social Work

  • Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

    Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

    Interim Chair, Social Work
    Interim Director, MSW

  • Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Field Director and Clinical Professor, Social Work

  • Amelia Seraphia Derr, MSW, PhD

    Amelia Seraphia Derr, MSW, PhD

    Interim Director, Bachelor of Social Work

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Faculty Reading List

Check out our Seattle U Social Work Faculty Reading List; each selection has impacted our faculty members in their social work careers. 

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