Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor of Social Work

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In their words

Jonathan HouseJonathan House, Class of 2014
Bachelor of Social Work with a psychology minor

"Social work is like a math problem with often more than one right answer. Like all of those tests students love taking, the goal is to find the 'most right' answer." Read more…

Assessment of student learning outcomes


Tam Dinh
Katya Shkurkin

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Katya Shkurkin, director

Social Work Program (Major)

Department overviewCommunication studies (M., m.) Community services (M.)Community services and social work internshipsCriminal justice (M., m.)Legal studies (m.)Social justice (m.)Social work (M.)Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)Women's studies (m.)Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series

What is the Social Work Program?

Social work is a profession dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with the difficult challenges of life. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Saint Martin’s is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for entry level generalist practice in the field of social work. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad theoretical base for students to draw from for social work practice.

NOTE: The social work major is offered only at the University's Lacey campus.

Why study social work at Saint Martin's?

Social work at Saint Martin’s is a rigorous, exiting environment where students leave as skilled, ethical, evidence-based practitioners. Our graduates are competitive applicants for advanced status entry into graduate programs. They are also among the most respected practitioners in the social work profession.

Beginning with the students' inspired good intentions, our program and teaching methods place special emphasis on social justice and cultural competence. Rooted in universal principles such as service, compassion and discipline, the BSW program produces thoughtful, knowledgeable, caring and visionary community leaders.

Saint Martin's Bachelor of Social Work program is distinguished by:

  • A 85+ percent acceptance rate for graduate school.
  • Deeply caring faculty with extensive clinical experience.
  • Direct student access to faculty and program directors.
  • Advocacy, activism and volunteer activities through access to local government organizations.

What can I do with this major?

A Bachelor of Social Work prepares graduates for careers in such organizations as:

  • Federal government agencies
  • Public welfare agencies
  • International non-government organizations
  • Children's services agencies
  • Community centers
  • Hospice and home health organizations

For a complete list of professional applications, visit the National Association of Social Workers, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Saint Martin's graduates have gone on to...

Graduates from the Saint Martin’s Bachelor of Social Work have gone on to work for the following organizations:

  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit organizations working with youth, individuals with disabilities, and patient advocacy

In addition, our graduates have been accepted for advanced study at such institutions as:

  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Eastern Washington University
  • George Fox University
  • New York University
  • Smith College
  • University of Denver
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Pittsburg
  • University of Southern California
  • Walla Walla University

What's required?

  • Human Behavior and Social Environment: BIO 121/L, ECN 101,PSY 101/205, SOC101/102, upper-division PSY elective, upper-division SOC elective, SW 302/316, SOC 333/396
  • Social Work Practice and Policy:SW210, SW340, SW344, SW301, SW303
  • Field Practicum: SW290/291, SW390/391, SW490/491
  • Research: MTH 201, SW240, SW498, SW499
  • A commitment to the social work profession’s Code of Ethics and standard of professional behaviors and values

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of social work courses and requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research/internship opportunities

BSW students are required to take three semesters of internship for a total of 600 hours. Internships are available throughout Thurston County at such organizations as:

  • Community Youth Services
  • Kokua
  • Safeplace
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
  • Catholic Community Services
  • JJRA
  • Franciscan Hospice Center
  • Local shelters

Related fields of study

Community services (M.) | Social justice (m.) | Women's studies (m.) | Psychology (M., m.)

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