Social Work & Criminal Justice Program

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The Social Work and Criminal Justice Program offers two distinct undergraduate majors, an undergraduate minor and one professional graduate degree. The degrees include a bachelor of arts in criminal justice offering both an on-campus and an online degree completion option as well as a bachelor of arts in social welfare. In addition, an undergraduate minor in criminal justice is available to all majors across campus. The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree offers professional graduate study in a specialized concentration area. The Social Work Program has strong ties to the South Puget Sound community, our graduate and undergraduate students complete local internships and practicum placements, our faculty conduct collaborative research with partners in our community, and our alumni are actively involved in service and helping professions largely in the South Puget Sound region.

Developed in collaboration with and under the auspices of the University of Washington School of Social Work, the bachelor of arts degree in social welfare prepares learners for entry level and generalist practice as providers of social services and includes a combination of field experience and classroom learning. The MSW is a graduate professional program that prepares students for advanced social work practice within a specific concentration area. UW Tacoma offers an Advanced Integrative Practice concentration. Consistent with University policy, no college credit is granted on the basis of life experience or previous employment.

Affirming Social Justice

The social work and criminal justice faculty and staff are committed to social justice as the foundation for engaging with our students, one another, and the communities we serve.

This commitment is reflected in our core values, which include:

  1. Empowering individuals as change agents;
  2. Reducing systemic and societal barriers that impede individuals from achieving their full potential;
  3. Fostering a community that promotes critical self-reflection, discovery, and action;
  4. Engaging micro and macro practice to advocate and achieve a more compassionate and equitable society.


The BASW and MSW programs at the University of Washington Tacoma are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as program options of the University of Washington Seattle School of Social Work.