The Social Welfare major is dedicated to preparing competent, ethical, and culturally sensitive social workers with specialized knowledge and skills who are committed to evidence-based practice and to planned social change.
A deep commitment to equity and cultural diversity is brought to the development of the Social Welfare program. The program's mission gives special attention to the poor and underserved populations, and fosters an appreciation for differences based on gender, ethnicity, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, class and physical and developmental disabilities. The BASW program is designed for students in the South Puget Sound region who are committed to providing more effective social services to populations experiencing social and economic difficulties.
Graduates with a degree in Social Welfare are prepared to accept professional social work positions in a variety of settings. Typical positions for social welfare graduates are those that serve children, families, older persons, individuals with developmental disabilities, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, individuals who abuse alcohol and drugs, and those who are in the criminal justice system, health and long-term care agencies, and public social services. In providing these services in agencies and organizations, graduates are engaged in a wide range of roles, including caseworkers, family advocates and social services employees at community agencies, mental health centers and chemical dependency settings, to identify just a few.
The Social Work and Criminal Justice Program at the University of Washington Tacoma is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education as a BASW program option of the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle.