The School of Social Work and Criminal Justice has strong ties to the South Puget Sound community: our graduate and undergraduate students complete local internships and practicum placements; our faculty conducts 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.
UW Tacoma's part-time, evening Master of Social Work (MSW) programs seek to enroll well-qualified students with diverse backgrounds. We especially seek applicants who are committed to work with diverse populations.
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.
The Criminal Justice major, both online and on campus, offers a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and justice within the framework of broader social processes within our society. This innovative approach emphasizes social justice, diversity, community partnerships, systems thinking and skill development. A social justice lens is adopted with a focus on harm reduction, rehabilitative and restorative approaches to crime and justice.
After 25 years of social work practice in the field, much of which had been and still is centered around older adults and LGBTQ+ individuals, Dr. Charles Emlet came to UW Tacoma in 1999 and has been teaching social work practice, research methods, spirituality in social work and aging gerontology ever since. During our Feb. Collaboratory drive, we were able to reach out to and speak with Dr. Emlet about the work he’s doing in our community.