Looking for a career dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with the difficult challenges of life? Social work  may be the best major for you.

Why Saint Martin's University

Social work at Saint Martin’s is a rigorous, exciting program 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. We strive to begin where each student is, and help them create and grow into their professionalism with a focus on serving others.

Social work students and faculty members stand with certificates of achievement
  • 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.

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

  • An 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.

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Who to Contact

Tam Dinh, Ph.D.

Tam Dinh, Ph.D.

Program Director of Social Work
Associate Professor,

BSW program requirements

In addition to applying to Saint Martin’s University, students must apply to the BSW program.

Apply to our Bachelor of Social Work program


2021-2022 academic catalog


  • Six semester hours of lower division courses
  • 17 semester hours of upper division courses

Popular social work courses

  • Adulthood and aging
  • Child welfare
  • Intercultural communication
  • History of women in North American social work
  • Sex, race and disability

In addition, we offer coursework that allows our students to complete a concentration in chemical dependency. Courses are also offered in treating trauma and working with crime victims. These are offered as electives or as a formal concentration.

Social work students at Saint Martin's

Social work students and faculty members enjoy a day at the beach together

Social work students at Saint Martin's

Saint Martin's social work students are active on campus and in our community.

We work together to build relationships through regular scheduled events and our Phi Signma chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Social Work Honor Society.

Campus events

We have regular events scheduled throughout the year, including a spring mixer for all social work majors, a fall graduate school application seminar, and the annual, overnight senior retreat.

Our Phi Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha, the National Social Work Honor Society, sponsors an annual service event as well. 

Learn more about Phi Sigma

Field experience

BSW students are required to take three semesters of internship for a total of 600 hours. This includes 150 hours the spring of their junior year, 200 hours in the fall of senior year, and finally, 250 hours in the spring of senior year.

Are you a Field Instructor ready to evaluate students nearing the completion of their semester?

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After graduation

A Bachelor of Social Work degree 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 potential professions, visit "What Can I Do With This Major?" 

For additional guidance, visit our Career Center.

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 Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburg
  • University of Southern California
  • Walla Walla University

CSWE accreditation

Teal and white CSWE logo: Council on Social Work Education

Our Social Work education programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students intending to further pursue a master's in social work at accredited institutions qualify for “Advanced Standing” status, typically 10-12 months of study, instead of the traditional two-year programs. 

The following Core Competencies are emphasized throughout the BSW program, as outlined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE EPAS, 2015):

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Competency 4: Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

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