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Social Work Department

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. Every day, social workers strive to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. These dedicated professionals care about people and communities in need and help them to achieve their goals. Social workers also value social justice and advocate for policies that promote equity and improve the lives of marginalized communities. Partnering with individuals, families, and communities to find solutions to challenges, and working to improve living and working conditions in communities, are the hallmarks
of the social work profession.

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.

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What Students Are Saying

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.”​



Social Work
Benton Hall, Room 412
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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Ph: 785.670.1616

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