The BSW program at PLU has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1975. 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.

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.

Global Emphasis

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.

Faculty-Student Ratio

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.