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

Contact information

Katya Shkurkin, director

Social Work Program (M.)

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

The Pacific Northwest's best kept secret is the Saint Martin's University Bachelor of Social Work. The BSW is also the launching pad for skilled, ethical, evidence-based practitioners and competitive applicants for advanced status entry into graduate programs and social work.

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 Saint Martin's University BSW program produces thoughtful, knowledgeable, caring and visionary community leaders.

BSW students graduate prepared for their careers through our interdisciplinary, theoretical and practical curriculum. BSW graduates are among the most respected, educated and prepared practitioners in the social work profession.

The Saint Martin's BSW program is distinguished by:

  • A nurturing, tight-knit community that promotes excellence
  • Deeply caring faculty with extensive clinical experience
  • Direct student access to faculty and program directors
  • Stimulating balance of class and field work
  • Dedication to diversity and social justice
  • Three semesters of internship throughout program (600 hours total)
  • Advocacy, activism and volunteer activities through access to local government organizations.

Although all departments participate in Saint Martin's University's FOCUS program for credit for life experience, the BSW program does not grant FOCUS credit for fulfillment of required social work courses.

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