A career projected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations in the US*
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
It is without a doubt that Seattle University's BSW and MSW programs "Lead From The Front" in their unwavering commitment to diversity and difference...BSW Graduate 2019
I was nervous going into the major because I thought my whiteness and privilege would put me at a disadvantage because I didn't want it to seem like I was better than anyone else, but the professors helped me realize that wasn't the case. They supported and pushed back with me to a point that really helped me develop my learning of social work and for that I am forever grateful!BSW Graduate 2019
I truly love Seattle U and their social work department, and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.BSW Graduate 2019
The strength of this social work program lies not within its curriculum, but in those amazing humans teaching us, mentoring us, and being the magnetic north to our compass.BSW Graduate 2019
I think that professors are HUGE assets to the social work program and really make the students feel comfortable to be who we are.BSW Graduate 2019
Our cohort was absolutely incredible, as well as the professors that taught us the course. They welcomed open spaces to take about anything and everything that was going on in our lives.BSW Graduate 2019
The social work program offered effective advising, and teachers that were invested in our education. I appreciated the classes that were offered as electives, and the extensive list of practicum placements.BSW Graduate 2019
Diversity, social justice focus, engaged and dedicated professors, and a strong program with cohesive cohorts.BSW Graduate 2019
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?
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.
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.
COVID has created a wave of hiring for school social workers, who not only have needed to help locate missing students but also help all students get resources to regain momentum—both developmentally and academically—and to get them mental health services and grief counseling if needed. But many school social workers see the problems of the “lost year” as a larger opportunity to make schools more welcoming and less punitive so students and school communities can thrive.
Oct 14, 2021
Despite millions of dollars in funding from the Legislature to tackle the problem, the number of nights that foster children spend in hotels and offices has increased steadily over the past seven years. Between Sept. 1, 2020, and July 15, a record 233 children spent 2,016 nights in hotels and offices, according to the Washington State Office of the Family and Children’s Ombuds. A recent federal court order requires the state to finally halt the practice, which, according to advocates, further traumatizes children, leads to worsening behavior, and threatens their long-term mental and physical health.
Aug 18, 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are attending. A Zoom meeting invite will be sent to you.
Jo Bechtold receives the Taylene Watson, MSW Social Justice Award and Emily Pacunski receives the Madeline Lovell Academic Excellence Award. Read about them here.
From the National Association of Social Work, Association of Social Work Boards, and Council of Social Work Education. Read the article.