Social Work @ PLU

Are you interested in working with children with emotional and behavioral issues? Do you believe everyone is entitled to access to health care? Are you frustrated by what you hear about social welfare programs? Are you passionate about speaking for those who have no voice?

The overarching goal of the program is preparation for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, households, groups, communities, and organizations. If you are excited about tackling some of today’s major social challenges and enjoy working with people, then social work may be just the career for you!

Educating caring, skillful generalists to be ethical agents for global and local change.”

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Are You Interested in a Career in Social Work?

BSW program is now accepting applications for Academic Year 2023-2024. 

You can apply today by clicking the link in the gold box above!

Priority Application Deadline: February 28th, 2023
General Application Deadline: April 15, 2023

For more information, please contact PLU Social Work Department Chair, JoDee Keller:

Let's Talk Social Work at PLU!

Hear from two PLU social work majors about why they are studying social work at PLU and why they think a social work education is an important endeavor. These two students share their ideas about how courses have reshaped their understanding of the social work profession and prepared them for their field placement. Discussion hosted by PLU Chair of Social work, David Simpson. Students: Jazmine Nunez ’21, and Sarah Saavedra ’22.

Wild Geese, Work, and Wonder

Created by Becca McInally, a Sr. Social Work major and former Wild Hope Fellow, this podcast is designed to foster conversation and deeper reflection on vocation. We interview current students and alumni from PLU from various disciplines, asking big questions, and really fleshing out what vocation looks like in the everyday.

Confronting Mental Health: How the PLU community is demonstrating transformative care

Building a community that cares ~

At Pacific Lutheran University, students, staff and faculty are actively, creatively and compassionately leading efforts to ensure that there are resources available to PLU students who are experiencing mental health issues including stress, anxiety and depression.

Read more here!


PLU Social Work Professor JoDee Keller, Social Work Field Supervisor Claudia Miller, and former Social Work majors Chance LasDulce, and Rachel G. Wohrle have collaborated on an article discussing parental involvement in schools which was recently published in Children & Schools.

Read it here!

Careers in Social Work

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