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.
We define equity through these four facets: distribution, representation and recognition, process and participation, and capabilities.
An anti-oppressive curriculum examines the dynamics of power that produce economic oppression as well as inequities, discrimination, and oppression based upon identity.
The department’s commitment to social justice is carried into teaching and learning; as such, educational content and process must be congruent.
We interrogate the continuing impact and practice of global colonialism and settler colonialism and our practice as social work educators and practitioners.
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.
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.
Social Work Graduates