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.

Social Work News

Food Justice Week


Food Justice Week is an invitation to explore the complex relationship between food and justice through interactive, educational, and thought-provoking events. Colleagues and students from across campus will be hosting events ranging from films, cooking demonstrations, and panel discussions.
Oct 16, 2020

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Dr. Kang Presents at International Webinar on Mental Health

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MSW Director, and Associate Professor, Dr. Kang presented at the International Webinar on Mental Health for All: Strategies and Roadmap, hosted by St. Joseph's College in Bengalore, India.
Oct 13, 2020

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SU Hosts Virtual Graduate School Fair

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Join us for the Fall 2020 Graduate School Virtual Fair on October 20, 2020 from 5:00pm-7:00pm PDT!
Oct 6, 2020

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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

  • Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, MSW, LICSW

    Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, MSW, LICSW

    Director, Bachelor of Social Work

    Clinical Professor, Social Work


  • Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Estella Williamson, DSW, MSW, ACSW

    Field Director and Clinical Professor, Social Work 


  • Anna McCain

    Anna McCain

    Administrative Assistant, Social Work 


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