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.
Citing an uncertain future for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, their employers, families, and communities after a Texas federal judge declared DACA unlawful and closed the DACA program to future applicants, more than 400 CEOs, University Presidents, and civic leaders sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging them to pass the bipartisan Durbin-Graham DREAM Act of 2021.
Jul 22, 2021
Join us for a professor highlight with Dr. Meg Cristofalo! This event is a chance for prospective and new students to get to know their professors. Bring your questions about the program, social work careers, or anything else you wish to ask Dr. Cristofalo!
Jul 8, 2021
The University of Washington announced that the School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the Behavioral Health Institute at Harborview Medical Center are part of a transformational $38 million set of gifts from Ballmer Group to support a broad, collaborative response to the state’s behavioral health crisis. Seattle University is one of a number of colleges and universities in the state participating in this effort through graduate student financial assistance provided by the Ballmer Group gifts.
Jun 25, 2021
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.