Social Work: A Dynamic, Versatile, and Rewarding Profession

A career projected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations in the US*

Social workers:

  • Constantly strive to understand the person in the context of their environment
  • Assist and advocate with individuals, families, and groups to improve well-being
  • Engage in community activism and organizing to advance social change
  • Work for structural change in organizations to address power inequities
  • Advance policies for economic and social justice, and human rights

Our social justice informed curriculum prepares you for community-based generalist social work practice through rigorous course work and hands-on learning. Our graduates report being well prepared for careers in social work and graduate school.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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Is Social Work for me?

Social work requires a centering commitment to social justice, valuing of human diversity, and desire to engage in social change. It is challenging, and not for everyone. Social workers leverage their knowledge, values, and skills to be change agents. How do your interests, personality, skills, and passions align with the profession?

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What is Social Work?

The primary focus of social work is in the interaction between the person and the context of their environment. We are advocates and activists who strive to improve human well-being with a particular focus on those oppressed, vulnerable, and living in poverty. Social justice is at the heart of our work.

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Degrees & Requirements

Our degrees include the Social Work major, Social Welfare minor, and Social Work with Honors. Classroom experience is connected to real world practice through your field practicum. Students who seek a path to help others, improve society, and advocate for just social conditions thrive in social work and have many career options.

Council on Social Work Education

Social Work News

"Social workers are the unsung heroes of the pandemic" - The Washington Post

By Jason Lerner, the 911 portfolio director with the University of Chicago Health Lab and Harold Pollack, the Helen Ross professor at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, University of Chicago.
May 10, 2022

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Three Social Work Faculty to Serve as Provost Fellows

As faculty leaders and teacher-scholars, the Provost Fellows will bring their experience and expertise to our strategic effort to strengthen the education we offer in the Jesuit, liberal arts tradition.
May 10, 2022

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Alumni Spotlight: See what our alumni are up to!

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Congratulations to our BSW alumni on their recent career accomplishments!
Apr 29, 2022

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Why Study Social Work?

Information Session via Zoom

April 27, 12:30-1:20

Freshman and Sophomore Social Work candidates and those interested in the Social Work Major are invited to an online Information Session to learn more about the program and profession.

Dr. Amelia Derr, Interim BSW Program Director, will host this session, answer your questions, and provide a view into your potential future.

Please RSVP to mccainnanna@seattleu.edu if you are attending. A Zoom meeting invite will be sent to you.

Announcements

Latest News

Graduating Seniors Receive Awards

Jo Bechtold receives the Taylene Watson, MSW Social Justice Award and Emily Pacunski receives the Madeline Lovell Academic Excellence Award. Read about them here.

Reinforcing the Essential Nature of Social Work

From the National Association of Social Work, Association of Social Work Boards, and Council of Social Work Education. Read the article.

Contact Us

  • Amelia Seraphia Derr, MSW, PhD

    Amelia Seraphia Derr, MSW, PhD

    Director, Bachelor of Social Work

    Associate Professor

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  • Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Field Director, Social Work Department

    Clinical Professor

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  • Anna McCain

    Anna McCain

    Administrative Assistant, Social Work Department

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