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.

Program Highlights

  • What to expect 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.
  • Research and internships

    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
  • Career paths

    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 "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

    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


Bachelor of Social Work Program Application


  • 40-46 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 26 semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 35 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Lower-Division courses (26 semester hours)
    BIO 121Human Biology/Human Biology Lab
    ECN 101Introduction to Economics
    MTH 201Introduction to Statistics
    PSY 101
    PSY 205
    Introduction to Psychology
    Child and Adolescent Development
    SOC 101
    SOC 102
    Modern Society and Culture
    American Social Problems
    SW 210Introduction to Social Work
    SW 240Research Methods


  • Upper-Division courses (35 semester hours)

    NOTE: Before enrolling in an upper-division internship (SW 490), students must meet the following requirements:

    • Complete 12 semester hours of required major courses on the Lacey campus
    • Complete SW 210, SW 340, SW 344, SW 390 and SW 391 with a grade of “B” or better
    • Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5
    SW 301Child Welfare
    SW 303Adulthood and Aging
    SW 344Case Management and Advanced Interviewing
    Choose one course from:SW 302: Sex, Race and Disability
    SW 316: History of Women in American Social Work: 1848-1945
    SOC 333: Women, Culture and Society
    SOC 396: Intercultural Communication
    Choose one course from:Upper-division psychology courses
    SW 390
    SW 391
    Internship, taken concurrently
    Internship Seminar
    SW 490
    SW 491
    Advanced Internship-Session 1
    Advanced internship Seminar-Session 1
    SW 492
    SW 493
    Advanced Internship-Session 2
    Advanced Internship Seminar-Session 2
    SW 498Advanced Research Design
    SW 499Senior Seminar



  • six semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 17 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Upper-Division courses (17 semester hours)
    SW 301Child Welfare (offered in spring)
    SW 303Adulthood and Aging (offered in fall)
    SW 340Interviewing and Assessment (offered in fall)
    SW 344Advanced Interviewing and Case Management (offered in spring)
    SW 389Pre-Internship Seminar (offered in fall)
    SW 390Internship (offered in spring)
    SW 391Internship Seminar (offered in spring)


The importance of social work

Photo of Andres Perez at Commencement with Dr. Katya Shkurkin

From combat medic to social worker

"Prepare yourself for a better life through higher education, and, as a veteran, you know through hard work anything is possible."

Social Work, Class of 2017