The BSW program at PLU has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1976. This offers students a curriculum that is up-to-date, passes national review, and allows students with excellent grades to apply for advanced-standing, one-year MSW programs nationwide.
Reputation and Community Support
PLU’s Social Work program is held in high regard by graduate programs and the local community. A BSW graduate said he was attracted to PLU because of “the school’s strong reputation for providing a well-grounded education with a focus on ethics. The Social Work program seemed to keep a good balance between academics and workplace skills.”
An advisory council comprised of local social workers guides and strengthens PLU’s social work program. Human services professionals are invited to participate in senior case presentations, offering their feedback to students.
Social Work Program Application Process
Admission to the Social Work major is selective and there is a separate application for admission to the Social Work Program. Applications for Fall 2014 are currently being accepted. For general information about admissions to PLU, visit the PLU Admissions Home Page.
Strong Field Program
During their senior year, students will complete a minimum of 400 hours of field practicum. Students choose a local social service agency that offers the supervision of an experienced and approved social worker. This provides students with the opportunity to integrate classroom learning with hands on work with clients who benefit from the help provided.
The social work curriculum is infused with content on other cultures both in this country and abroad. Students have opportunities for study abroad as well as field learning in other countries. PLU’s Pacific Rim location and Tacoma’s diverse community afford students an opportunity to experience cultures different from their own on a daily basis.
Small class sizes mean students and faculty have many opportunities for interaction. Faculty work to create a learning environment where students learn from one another as well as from professors and social workers from the community.