Bachelor Social Work

Social Work is one of the most dynamic, versatile, and rewarding professions in today’s world. It is the fastest growing as well! Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow between 2012-2022, faster than all other occupations in the US (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

At Seattle University, you will gain the knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate, advocate, and assist people of all ages and from diverse communities.

The Social Work program, culminating in a BSW degree, offers:

  • Strong 70 credit curriculum with intensive practical training
  • Small class sizes and accessible professors
  • Cohort-based program
  • Direct practice experience in the field two days a week during senior year under the supervision of an experienced social worker
  • Fully accredited program by the Council of Social Work Education.

BSW graduates may apply to Seattle University’s Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program.


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In spring, 2017, Dr. Mark Cohan's university core class, Sociology of Food, partnered with Seattle-based Northwest Harvest, a non-profit food bank distributor, to help them promote a conference they planned to host. Through research and personal interviews, the students helped create a video to help promote a national conference, "Closing the Hunger Gap: From Charity to Solidarity."

News and Events

Social Justice Teach-Ins

Our department is hosting a series of events in response to the current government administration and a desire to take action. The Spectator covered the first event, "Working Through Food Justice." The remaining events are February 20, Queer Trans Voices (Creative project), April 17, Displacement (The intersections of gentrification, immigration, and incarceration), and May 22, Welfare and Economic Inequality. All are 6-8:30 p.m. in the Casey Atrium.

Dr. Madeline Lovell and Taylene Watson, MSW

Seattle University BSW undergraduate awards renamed in recognition of pioneers in field of social work, the late Dr. Madeline L. Lovell, Assistant Professor Emeritus, and Taylene Waston, MSW. Read more.

Student-Faculty Research: When Sociology Professor Jodi O’Brien starting looking at how practicing Catholics make sense of family planning practices that don’t conform to the Church’s position, she didn’t expect to find important Catholic teachings as a foundation for an alternative viewpoint. Working closely with her research assistant Cal Garrett ‘16, O’Brien uncovered important insights regarding the ways Catholic women root their practices within the tenets of their faith. Read the article and watch the video here.

The Danny Woo Community Garden in Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District has welcomed immigrants from Asia for more than 40 years. Professor Rob Efird enlisted the aid of student Taylor Burmer to prepare an exhibit about the unique aspects of the garden for the Wing Luke Museum. The exhibit runs through March 2017. Read the article and watch the video here.

Alumni Profile: Sociology alumnus Cervante Burrell '12 came to Seattle University to play basketball and figure out life after college. Now as the founder of The Unforeseen and dean of students at Sacramento Charter High School, he is making a difference in the lives of hundreds of students. More here

Faculty Profile: Social Work Professor Amelia S. Derr, read the article and watch the video here

Contact Us

Mary Kay Brennan, DSW, LICSW

Riva Zeff
Field Director

Naomi Rosenberg
Administrative Assistant

Location: Casey 3W