Department ofSociology & Social Work

The Social Work Curriculum

The B. A. in Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level generalist social work practice. The social work curriculum is based on an integrated, developmental approach to learning and reflects a national consensus on social work education.

Declare your Major or Minor

You must be accepted to the social work program before you can declare a social work major. To declare a minor, schedule an appointment with Kathy Russell, Program Director.

Course Offerings:

  • 190 Introduction to Social Work
  • 175 January Term on the Hilltop
  • 250 Social Policy I
  • 245 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • 320 Child Welfare: A Global Perspective
  • 325 Social, Health, and Educational Services in Tobago
  • 350 Social Policy II
  • 360 Social Work Practice I
  • 375 Social Services in the Community (minors)
  • 387 Special Topics
  • 475 Field Experience I
  • 485 Field Seminar I
  • 460 Social Work Practice II
  • 476 Field Experience II
  • 486 Field Seminar II
  • 465 Social Work Practice III
  • 499 Senior Capstone
  • 491 Independent Study

Preparation

Students preparing to apply to the social work program are advised to include these courses in their program of study: BIOL 111, ANTH 102, PSYC 101/190, and SOCI 101/190. Students interested in a survey of social work and its opportunities are encouraged to take SOCW 101/190, Introduction to Social Work.

The Social Work Minor

Students may also choose an 18 credit minor in social work which complements many majors including Psychology, Sociology, Communications, Nursing, Religion, Global Studies and others.