Social work is a profession dedicated to helping people.
In the Department of Social Work at PLU, we prepare you for a fulfilling career in community care for others, including children, youth, and families; working with marginalized and disenfranchised populations; addressing community behavioral health needs; and bringing about social change. Learn from passionate experts in the field, gain hands-on experience through local agency practicums, and be prepared to enter the workforce directly or pursue graduate studies.
PLU’s Department of Social Work offers:
You can find PLU graduates from the Department of Social Work in hospitals, schools, and community health centers, providing support for illness, therapy, and youth services. Witness their impact in rehabilitation centers for prisoners and drug and alcohol support; experience outreach and long-term care in nursing homes and shelters. From aiding military members and veterans to leading nonprofits and shaping policies, social workers make a difference in diverse roles across communities.
PLU’s BSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The MSW is in the process of being accredited and plans to enter candidacy in 2024.
100% of BSW students get hands-on learning experiences through over 400 hours of field practicum.
Pathway to MSW
PLU’s BSW graduates can be directly admitted with advanced standing to PLU’s MSW program and automatically receive a 10% tuition discount for the MSW.
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Small class size ensures a stronger sense of community and support from students and faculty, giving you a more personalized learning experience.
Our rigorous curriculum focuses on local and global challenges in health and behavioral health.
We train ethical leaders committed to advocacy, social justice, and professional service. They drive change for just, equitable, and empowerment-focused service provision, policies, and systems globally and locally.