Social Work

  • 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 theory, practice, skills, and values to effectively collaborate, advocate, and assist people of all ages and from diverse communities.

    The Social Work program, culminating in a BSW degree, offers:

    • Strong curriculum with intensive practical training
    • Arranged 9 month, 450 hour field practicum in one of the more than 30 community agencies with supervision by experienced social workers
    • Small class sizes and accessible professors
    • Cohort-based program
    • Fully accredited program by the Council of Social Work Education.

    At the College of Arts and Sciences, you will work directly with social work professionals in the field and in the classroom. 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.

    In addition to the BSW, the Social Work program offers a minor degree (31 credits) in Social Welfare.


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    Faculty Profile: Social Work Professor Amelia S. Derr, read the article and watch the video here.

    Student Taylor Denton, majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish, uses her language skills, classroom learning, and study-abroad and volunteer experiences to support families and communities of Tseltal Maya as an intern at the One Equal Heart Foundation. Read the article and watch the video here.

     A new book by Sociology Professor Tal Peretz, Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women, examines how men have worked with boys and other men to stop violence against women.More here.

    Department Chair Rob Efird was interviewed by China Daily USA about his work in China. He was recently selected as one of 20 China scholars for the National Committee on United States-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program. Read the interview here.