Social Work


About the Social Work Program

The mission of the Social Work Department at Heritage University is to prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.  The generalist practitioner engages in a multi-layered practice with a diverse society.  The Social Work Program places a special emphasis on the needs of the multi-cultural, rural constituency and humanistic values.  This philosophy respects and supports the rights, the dignity, and the worth of all people regardless of their color, creed, race, or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic, social status, political orientation or disabilities.  In addition, this philosophy recognizes the potential of each student and strongly believes that student's diverse cultural and ethnic background is an asset to his/her educational process.

Field Education

Students enrolled in Heritage University's Social Work Program are required to complete 450 field practicum hours in local agencies during their senior year.  The field practicum provides students an opportunity to further develop knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained in the classroom setting and provides students with direct experience in our rural, multi-cultural community.

The field supervisors and field agencies provide reinforcement of the purpose of the profession and the values and ethics of social work practice.  Supervisors take special care to assure the students feel included as developing professionals in the agency.  Students are provided with increase responsibility as the placement progresses and are therefore able to increase in confidence and competence.  Integrative field seminar courses help students make connections between agency practices and classroom learning.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes


The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

What could I do with a Social Work degree from Heritage University?

Social Worker or Case Worker in:


Graduates work in a wide variety of settings including government agencies, hospitals and medical centers, schools, behavioral/mental health agencies, community organizations.  To learn more about careers in social work visit: and 

Elder Care
Mental Health
Chemical Dependency
State Agencies
Non-Profit Organizations


Social Work Department
Bachelor of Social Work

    Social Work, B.S.W.

Student Club Affiliations

Heritage University offers a variety of student clubs and organizations.  The Social Work Student Association (SWSA) conducts activities that focus on community service and promote student growth and development.  Past activities include clothing drives, events supporting local agencies, trips to NASW Lobby Day in Olympia, hosting regional MSW programs for a graduate school information session, and much more.  Contact the Chair of the Social Work Program for more information regarding SWSA.