Bachelor's in Social Work

Undergraduate Social Work

Social work is at the forefront of 21st century employment and education trends because it combines social theory with practical, hands-on experience. Students in our BSW Program gain knowledge and skills that will enable them to work with individuals, families, and larger communities, accessing services, providing support, and promoting social, racial, and economic justice. 

The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). We are the only accredited BSW program in a public higher education institution in Oregon. 

The program offers either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Social Work. We have a campus in Portland and beginning in Fall 2020, we will admit students to our BSW Online program.  

The BSW Program at Portland State University prepares undergraduates to become entry-level professionals who will work in a wide variety of community based, human services organizations, both public and private. Graduates work in a number areas of practice, including policy and advocacy, direct practice, research, and education. Social workers also work across a diverse array of settings, programs, and initiatives, including child welfare, mental health, healthcare, aging, substance use, immigration, corrections, juvenile justice, anti-racism, anti-violence, and anti-poverty. 

Learn more about BSW admissions and program requirements.


The BSW Program Mission

The BSW Program at Portland State University combines theory with practical, hands-on experience which prepares undergraduate students for careers in social work and related fields and for future graduate studies. Students in our BSW Program gain knowledge, values, and skills to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our program is committed to centering critical self-reflection, racial equity, and social and economic justice, and we encourage our students to  be active citizens and practitioners who embody these values.



Visit the Events Calendar for upcoming BSW Info Session dates and times. Please RSVP for the session you which to attend.


>>BSW Contacts

Kate Constable, SSW Undergraduate Advising (503) 725-5925
Melissa Penners, CYFS/BSW Program Assistant (503) 725-8241
Kim Utschig, SSW Academic Advisor (503) 725-8961
Mollie Janssen, BSW Hybrid Coordinator and Advisor (503) 725-5016