School of Social Work

  • Two women walking with a sign that says "no tax dollars for sweatshops!"
  • Two students helping to build a house.
  • Male student holding award with male professor.

The Western Michigan University School of Social Work is a research-driven professional program that works closely with students and the community, focusing on social change, social justice and service transformation. Its programs stress the need to:

  • Recognize and fight discrimination in its many forms.
  • Speak out against injustice.
  • Promote human rights and a more equitable distribution of resources and power.

The school seeks to create a learning environment that is responsive to students' professional development, promoting community and a sense of individual and collective responsibility among and between students. Meaningful interaction among students, faculty and field instructors supports self-examination, expression and innovation.

News and announcements

M.S.W. Program Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held at the College of Health and Human Services building. If you would like to attend one of the scheduled sessions, please contact Erica Ongstad at 269-387-3201 or

  • Sept. 23, 2015 from¬† 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 21, 2015 from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 18, 2015 from 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Dec. 2, 2015 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Both Sides of the Fence

Photo of Barbara BartonSocial work professor selected for service learning award
WMU School of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Barbara Barton has been selected by the Michigan Campus Compact to receive the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award. 

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