Social Work

Social Work

If you're looking for career training in the very broad field of social services, you should consider the profession of social work.  Social workers serve individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, and they practice in a large number of settings: clinics, hospitals, mental health agencies, schools, prisons, youth centers, nursing homes, etc.

Why Major in Social Work at Washburn?

We offer small size classes taught by faculty members who possess a great amount of practical experience.  We provide one-on-one attention, and assign a faculty advisor who will meet with you on a regularly scheduled basis to discuss topics such as course selection, practicum placements, and career planning.  The bachelor degree program (BSW) and masters degree program (MSW) are nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and our graduates consistently have success in acquiring rewarding jobs in local, regional, and national social service agencies.

Important Dates

Special Events, Application Deadlines, Academic Advising -- 2017-2018 Academic Year

Course Schedules

To view the most recent Department of Social Work class offerings, see the Washburn University online course schedules:


Recent social work graduate Betsi Jackson

Elizabeth (“Betsi”) Jackson, LMSW, is a 2016 graduate of our MSW program. She went on to a fellowship at KU, and in 2017 is in her second year of a doctoral program in Special Education, with a specialization in Diversity and Disability in Society and Education, examining the role of school social workers in the issues of disproportionality and inequity in school. Elizabeth said about her time at Washburn, “My experience at Washburn opened up educational opportunities as well as career opportunities for me, and my professors continue to be available, even after graduation. The MSW program at Washburn prepared me for my individual path since graduation.”​

Consider a Career in Social Work

If you are interested in Social Work as a career, check out this slide show!