Why a BSW at Walla Walla University?
• Our spirit of excellence and spiritual emphasis provide an education that will help prepare you for a life of service. Social workers strive for planned, positive change—in individual lives, families, groups, and communities. Some social workers focus on helping people confront existing problems while others focus on developing ways to prevent future problems. Some focus on helping people make changes in their own lives, others focus on helping to change the social environment. Regardless, all social workers focus on helping individuals, groups, and communities to build better futures.
• Our faculty has a rich breadth of knowledge, diverse backgrounds, and extensive professional experience.
• Our small class size gives you one-on-one access to your professor. This low student/teacher ratio means you’re a name, not just an ID number.
• Our Social Work Club is committed to social justice and community service that reflects Christian social work values.
• The social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
In social work, the bachelor’s degree is a generalist practice degree. Employment opportunities for social workers have grown over the past several years and are expected to continue to grow. Many social workers are involved in children’s welfare, working in public support agencies, schools, adolescent group homes, and juvenile and family courts. Others work with older adults in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, home health care, and programs for seniors. Social workers are employed in hospitals, developmental centers, transition homes, and rehabilitation centers. They also find jobs in neighborhood and community centers and with police departments. Possibilities are too numerous to list completely! Social workers are employed in both public and private agencies, in small towns, rural areas, and large cities.
Opportunities for Graduate Education
Graduate study offered by Walla Walla University opens up more options. With a master of social work degree, you can specialize in an aspect of social work that strongly interests you. An undergraduate degree in social work may make you eligible for an advanced standing master’s program, which means you complete your program with fewer credit hours than are required for students without a BSW.
Why an MSW at Walla Walla University?
• Advanced clinical concentration is emphasized.
• The program uniquely integrates theory and practice, preparing you for immediate transition from the classroom to a clinical position.
• An MSW can be earned in six quarters.
• Four quarters Advanced Standing program is available for students who have graduated with Bachelor of Social Work degree from an institution whose program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
• Practicum opportunities are often available in the students’ home area.
• Classes meet two days per week.
• Small classes facilitate individualized attention and meaningful personal interaction.
• Flexible time-frame is offered to accommodate both full- and part-time students.
• Spiritual atmosphere encourages personal growth and faith development.
• The program is designed to accommodate the needs of traditional and non-traditional students.
• Faculty has a rich breadth of knowledge, diverse backgrounds, and extensive professional experience.
• There are three northwest campus options: College Place, Washington; Billings, Montana; and Missoula, Montana.
• The Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
What our Program Can Do for You
• Help you develop highly marketable skills.
• Enhance your clinical competence.
• Expand your experience through an agency practicum.
• Increase your earning potential.
• Expand your range of professional contacts and opportunities.
Last update on August 3, 2011