Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology


Join an Adventist social work program that will teach you on-the-job skills that employers are looking for. Do hands-on work before you graduate. Take advantage of small class sizes filled with students from diverse backgrounds. Be a part of a fully-accredited program that will position you to complete a master’s 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.


Student Spotlight

Meet Nyasha, a junior social work major and business minor. She is also one of the pastors for Berean Fellowship and a club member of Black Student Christian Forum. “I chose WWU because of the leadership development, opportunities, the community, spiritual life, and academics.” Follow along to see what it’s like to be a social work major/business minor at WWU!

College Experience

What will your college experience look like as an Social Work major?

Career preparation: You can expect to receive excellent training from our knowledgeable and skilled faculty. Our faculty are dedicated to your success. 

Field training: As part of your curriculum, you will engage in field education and take the skills you learn in the classroom into the community. Some portions of classes involve practicing skills by helping people with basic needs such as food, housing, medical support, or mental health. 

Campus life: You will have the opportunity to participate in campus wide events and smaller gatherings hosted by the social work club. We help our students build a support system through relationships with peers, faculty, and staff to enhance their experiences at WWU.


Career Path

What can your career path as a Social Work major look like?

Your social work degree will prepare you for entry into a wide variety of roles in the social work profession, whether in a clinic, school, courtroom, or nonprofit. Many social workers pursue graduate level degrees to achieve greater career options and higher pay. 

Earning a master’s or doctorate in social work will allow you to pursue leadership roles, private practice, teaching positions in higher education, research opportunities, and many other careers.


News & Updates

Local impact
November 30, 2023

Local impact

Tillotson supports award-winning nonprofit project in affordable housing

Graduation weekend 2023
June 06, 2023

Graduation weekend 2023

Doug Tilstra, vice president of student life, to give commencement address

Ballmer scholarship
March 27, 2023

Ballmer scholarship

Upcoming deadline for MSW scholarship

Social work convention
November 04, 2022

Social work convention

WWU students and faculty participate in vibrant, community-oriented event


Excellent teaching
March 21, 2022

Excellent teaching

NASW recognizes Haid as Social Work Educator of the Year