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.

Program Highlights

Social work at Saint Martin’s is a rigorous, exciting 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 100 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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  • 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 Michigan
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • University of Southern California
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Walla Walla University


Bachelor of Social Work Program Application


  • 40-46 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 22 semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 40 semester hours of upper-division courses
  • Lower-Division courses (22 semester hours)

    Lower-Division Courses (22 semester hours):
    • BIO121 Human Biology/Human Biology Lab
    • ECN 201 Principles of Microeconomics
    • MTH 201 Introduction to Statistics
    • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology or PSY 205 Child and Adolescent Development
    • SOC 101 Modern Society and Culture or SOC 102 American Social Problems
    • SW 210 Introduction to Social Work
    • SW 240 Research Methods

  • Upper-Division courses (40 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

    Upper-Division Courses (40 semester hours):
    • SW 301 Child Welfare
    • SW 303 Adulthood and Aging
    • SW 340 Interviewing and Assessment
    • SW 344 Case Management and Advanced Interviewing
    • Choose one from: SW 302 Sex, Race and Disability, SW 316 History of Women in American Social Work: 1848-1945, SOC 333 Women, Culture and Society, or SOC 396 Intercultural Communication
    • SW 389 Pre-Internship Seminar (1) offered in fall
    • Choose one from: any upper-division PSY course
    • SW 390 Internship, taken concurrently with SW 391 Internship Seminar
    • SW 490 Advanced Internship-Session 1 taken concurrently with SW 491 Advanced Internship Seminar-Session 1
    • SW 492 Advanced Internship-Session 2 taken concurrently with SW 493 Advanced Internship Seminar-Session 2.
    • SW 498 Advanced Research Design
    • SW 499 Senior 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)


  • Chemical Dependency Professional Concentration (10 credits)

    This concentration is for BSW students who want additional knowledge and skills in chemical dependency and substance abuse. Students will be prepared for Washington State
    Chemical Dependency Professional Credentialing.
    • CDP 400: Understanding Addiction: Theories, Ethics, and Physiological Impacts (3)
    • CDP 401: Treatment of Addictions: Individual, Families, and Group Counseling (4)
    • CDP 402: Chemical Dependency Systems, Policies and Laws (3)

  • Chemical Dependency Professional Minor (19 credits)

    This minor is for non-social work students who want additional knowledge and skills in chemical dependency and substance abuse.
    • SW 210: Introduction to Social Work (3)
    • SW 340: Interview and Assessment (3)
    • PSY 335: Abnormal Psychology (3)
    • CDP 400: Understanding Addiction: Theories, Ethics, and Physiological Impacts (3)
    • CDP 401: Treatment of Addictions: Individual, Families, and Group Counseling (4)
    • CDP 402: Chemical Dependency Systems, Policies and Laws (3)

Through the FOCUS program, Saint Martin’s may grant academic credit for documented university-level learning students acquired through non-university experience. The credit is not for the experience, but for learning that is equivalent to the knowledge and skills of a particular course offered at our University. However, the BSW program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

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