Humboldt State University

Department of Social Work

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Quick Facts

  • 339
    Students Enrolled
  • 4
    Stipend Programs
  • 200+
    Field Placements

Rooted In Community

Community Projects

Community Projects provide lasting and sustainable value to the community. Ideally, students will bring forward project proposals that have originated from within communities and organizations. Every project committee must have a community representative to provide guidance regarding how project outcomes may be most beneficial as well as potentially facilitating access to specific resources and data. Community partners play an active and contributing role to the development and visioning of the project, and provide critical feedback during implementation of the project, the development of recommendations and reporting of outcomes.

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Field Placements

The Council on Social Work Education describes Field Education as the “signature pedagogy” in social work education. Field Education is fundamental to both our BASW and MSW programs. The ability to apply academic knowledge to actual conditions in the community is distinctive to the field of social work. The academic experience is enriched, as is the field experience, both are necessary for real learning to take place.

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Community Spotlight

From Our Alumni

  • “Completing the MSW program was an integral part of my development as a social worker. The program challenged me to cultivate a deeper awareness of who I am and how both life experiences and inherent characteristics influence my interactions with the world. Among a multitude of other lessons, the program exposed me to the Generalist perspective, Strengths-based approach, and the importance of meeting our clients with respect and honor for their life experiences and inherent characteristics.”

    Andrea Sanger
    MSW 2006
  • “I will always thank the HSU Social Work program as well as the CALSWEC stipend program for giving me the direction to become an advocate, a listener, and a tactful fighter for tribal youth in the child welfare system. HSU’s Social Work program instilled in me a strong understanding of social justice, theoretical perspectives and methodological thinking that has allowed me to flourish as a social worker.”

    Julie Sanchez
    BASW 2010
  • “People asked how I got into social work and it has a lot to do with how I grew up, my beliefs, and having a conversation with someone like-minded. I took an Introduction to Social Work course as part of my General Education. I remember walking into the Social Work Department back when it was in the library basement, and I ran into Ken Nakamura. He introduced himself and asked if I was a Social Worker major. I told him, "No," and that I still was not sure what I wanted to major in. I originally enrolled as a "business" major. I told him a little bit about my history of growing up in Eureka and having fond memories of going to "Hmong School" where my father taught students how to read and write in Hmong. I, too, one day knew that I would like the next generation to have the same opportunity to be connected to their cultural roots and language. Unbeknown until my conversation with Ken, he assisted in securing a grant to create a "Hmong School." That was when I realized that I needed to take the social work path.”

    Susie Cha
    BASW 2007, MSW 2010
  • "I always knew I wanted to work with folks in the criminal justice system because people can easily get lost in that system without the proper support, which could lead to prison incarceration, problematic drug/alcohol use, and unresolved mental health disabilities," says Cedric. "I also wanted to work with the incarcerated population because I believe that some people view them as 'disposable' or 'forgotten and done'. The kids I work with are amazing young people."

    Cedric Aaron
    BASW 2009, MSW 2011

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The Department of Social Work maintains an emphasis on working with Indigenous and rural communities.  Coursework is designed to decolonize mainstream social work education practices by building reciprocal and dynamic relationships and to support people who are rooted in their communities. 

Our rigorous programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and have options to meet your needs in advancing your current career, making a transition, or adding a degree to amplify your voice to better serve the community you call home.