Welcome to the PSU School of Social Work
The School of Social Work has been a critical partner with Oregon communities for over fifty years. Our MSW program is the only public graduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Additionally, our undergraduate programs include the popular Child, Youth, and Family Studies program, preparing students for careers in human services, education, criminal justice, and special education – and the Bachelors in Social Work Program, offering both campus and online programs to serve the entire Oregon community.
Students in our programs represent a number of historically marginalized and underrepersented groups, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, neurodiverse and disabled learners, queer and trans students, students from economically marginalized communities, and veterans. The depth and breadth of lived experience enriches the classroom and creates a learning community where we can all grow and learn in an intellectually stimulating environment. Through our Field Education Program, students have the opportunity to work directly with community agencies, where they contribute countless service learning hours and gain valuable hands-on experience.
In addition to our academic programs, we have a robust research and continuing education engine in the School of Social Work including:
- The Regional Research Institute for Human Services, serving the region for nearly 40 years as a resource for funded research and evaluation.
- The Center for Improvement of Children and Family Services, and the Child Welfare Partnership
- Reclaiming Futures: Building Community Solutions to Substance Abuse and Delinquency, a Robert Wood Johnson funded program.
The SSW is committed to the enhancement of the individual and society. Further values and beliefs include a dedication to social change and to the attainment of social justice for all peoples, the eradication of poverty, the empowerment of oppressed peoples, the right of all individuals and groups to determine their own destinies, and the opportunity to live in harmony and cooperation. While the School maintains a special commitment to these values, it recognizes the need for joining with others in society who are working toward this same purpose.