Join a program that will teach you on-the-job skills that employers are looking for. Join a program that will place you in the field to do hands-on social work before you graduate. Join a program with small class sizes that will give you the opportunity for involvement with other students from diverse backgrounds. Join a fully accredited program that will position you to complete a masters degree in social work in as little as one year after graduation. Join the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology to become a changemaker in your community and your world. Degrees offered by the Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology include a Bachelors in Social Work, a Master of Social Work and a Doctor of Social Work.
Students who study in our program get 400 hours of hands-on work in the community, have access to meaningful internships locally, regionally and internationally, and are encouraged to participate in study tours to Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. The school is committed to social engagement and students work on social programs in the community. Our program is the most diverse on the Walla Walla University campus and our small class sizes give ample opportunity for involvement with other students from a variety of backgrounds. Our CSWE-accredited program is unique and competitive because of the clinical focus and training. Our students are well-prepared for success in graduate school—over half of each graduating class is accepted into graduate programs every year, including top-ranked and ivy league programs.
Settings social work graduates enter:
- Social work
- Children’s welfare
- Public support agencies
- Adolescent group homes
- Juvenile and family courts
- Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities
- Hospitals, clinics, and home health care
- Mental health agencies
- Substance abuse treatment centers
- Criminal justice system
- Disaster relief programs
- Aging and long term care
- Developmental disability centers
Settings sociology graduates enter:
- Law, politics, and political science
- Journalism, writing, and research
- Criminology and criminal justice
- Public relations
- Urban, regional, and corporate planning
- Public administration and community organizing
of graduates continue on to get their MSW
Social Work Club
The school sponsors the Social Work Club, committed to social justice and community service that reflects Christian social work values. Students work on community projects including Angel Tree, which provides Christmas presents for children of incarcerated men and women, local food drives, and other social programs in the community, alone with social events for members. Pictured above is a "Privilege Walk" event held during Peacekeeping Week 2018.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to attend study tours including an annual field trip to the Washington State Capital and a biannual tour of the East Coast (New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C.).
Field education is the internship portion of the bachelors and masters level social work programs. Students work with experienced social work professionals in social services agencies to integrate classroom knowledge, skills, values, and research with agency experiences. A wide variety of agency settings and well-qualified field instructors make it possible for the School of Social Work to individualize the practice interests of students. The student actively participates in identifying his/her learning needs and shaping the educational process. Together, the field instructor and the field liaison help the student make optimal use of the agency's learning opportunities and integrate classroom and field content. The field faculty are here to assist you in finding an appropriate placement for your learning needs.
By the Numbers
Diversity in the School of Social Work and Sociology
of students are female
of students are first-generation college students
of students are Black, Hispanic, or Asian
In addition to the main campus in College Place, Washington, the Master of Social Work degree is offered on two campuses in Montana—Billings and Missoula.
The Walla Walla University Master in Social Work (MSW) program in Montana offers the same graduate curriculum that is offered on the main campus in College Place, Washington. The focus of the program is advanced clinical practice. Students may take electives in areas such as addictions, aging, child welfare, children and families, mental health, medical social work, and school social work.
An MSW can be earned in six quarters. A four quarter advanced standing program is also available to BSW graduates who have graduated from a CSWE accredited institution.
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