Social Work

Undergraduate Major & Minor College of Health Professions

Bachelor of Arts


If you’re interested in working with children with emotional and behavioral issues, believe everyone is entitled to access to health care, are passionate about speaking for those who have no voice, and have a strong commitment to service and social justice, PLU’s social work program is a great fit. As a social work student, you’ll learn from professors who are experts in the field and passionate teachers, and you’ll get hands-on experience through a field practicum with a local social service agency.

Social work graduates can directly enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies, such as a Master’s in Social Work. No matter your path as a PLU social work student, you’ll be well-prepared to work effectively with individuals, families, small groups, communities, and organizations, and be an ethical agent for global and local change.

Graduates from the last 5 years: Their jobs

  • Case Manager, Low Income Housing Institute
  • Social Worker, Health Point
  • Bilingual Youth Counselor, Friends of Youth
  • Career Pathways Navigator, REACH Tacoma
  • Social Services Director, Clear Creek Care Center
  • Counselor, Department of Social and Health Services
  • Center for Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability Assistant Director, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Mitigation Specialist, King County Department of Public Defense
  • Mental Health Therapist, Therapeutic Health Servicess

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their graduate programs

  • Master of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Master of Social Work, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Master of Social Work, Columbia University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Southern California
  • Master of Education, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Master of Science in Higher Education, California State University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Master of Social Work, Seattle University
  • Master of Public Administration, Evergreen State College
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