Departmental mission

The Bachelor of Social Work program at Saint Martin’s University is dedicated to improving the well-being of and upholding social and economic justice for all individuals, families, and communities throughout Puget Sound, the nation, and the world. We accomplish our mission by educating and preparing culturally competent, critically thinking social work leaders based upon Saint Martin’s core themes of Faith, Reason, Service, and Community. Our department is deeply in agreement and satisfied with our mission statement and the student learning objectives.

Faith: We believe in people’s inherent dignity, goodness, strengths and values.

Reason: We cultivate critical, innovative thinking and a multidimensional global perspective.

Service: We practice holistic, culturally appropriate, research-based practice and services.

Community: We foster and build inclusive, healthy communities.


Competency 1—Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.

Competency 2—Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.

Competency 3—Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

Competency 4—Engage diversity and difference in practice.

Competency 5—Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

Competency 6—Engage in research-informed practice.

Competency 7—Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

Competency 8—Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.

Competency 9—Respond to contexts that shape practice.

Competency 10-- Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.