Program Co-Director: Jon Clark, D.S.W.
The social work and social welfare majors prepare students for positions in a variety of social work service careers. The majors integrate theory and practice, instill an understanding of the relationship between social services and Christian faith, and encourage a commitment to social justice and a life of service. It does so in the context of a liberal arts education informed by a Christian worldview. Upon completion of the majors, students will be prepared to seek entry level employment or pursue advanced study in the field per requirements specific to their matriculating institution. Students complete a set of foundational and advanced courses in human development, social policy, social work methods, practice and research.
The social work major prepares students for professions where a social work degree is required, and includes a semester long internship and thesis. Social welfare prepares students for a variety of human services opportunities, but does not include the internship or thesis components. Graduates with degrees in social work and social welfare may be needed in nonprofit agencies, including those that are faith-based, serving community needs. They may also be hired by probation departments, and county human service systems. Graduates may be in demand in community organization and development, work with the elderly, with children, families and the disabled. They may also work in schools, as substance abuse counselors, employment counselors or in a variety of special programs designed to help people and communities.
Students declare their major program prior to starting their major coursework. Students who wish to change their program after matriculation must submit their final degree intention to their advisor and the program director no later than the first day of Semester 3, Session 2 so that internships may be arranged.
Fresno Pacific University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program if the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
The social work and social welfare programs require four years postsecondary experience. Prior to admittance into the social work program, candidates must complete an interview with the Program Director.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of NASW values and ethics in conjunction with Christian values in coursework and internship.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social work history, policies, practices and their roots in the core values of the profession.
- Students will demonstrate skill in applying the techniques and practices learned in the classroom.
- Students will demonstrate skill in research, change agency and program planning.
- Students will demonstrate sensitivity and awareness of differences among people.
- Students will be prepared for employment and advanced study in the field.
- *Students will demonstrate knowledge of their field agency setting, including the agency’s purpose, basic function, sanction, procedures, regulations and needs.
- *Students will develop skills in collection, assessment, prioritizing of information, formulation, and implementation of intervention plans.
- *Students will demonstrate ability to establish and work toward goals and objectives, taking self-corrective action when necessary and appropriately evaluating strengths and weaknesses.
- *Students will write and follow an individualized learning contract for their experience in the field placement. This contract will be reviewed and signed by the student, field instructor, and class instructor/mentor.
*Outcomes 7-10 apply to the social work major only, not the social welfare major.
North Fresno, Bakersfield and Visalia Campuses
Program Length/Semester Starts
Social work is a scheduled, 24-month cohort program. For those who choose the social welfare option, the program is a scheduled, 18-month cohort program. Social work and social welfare students take the same academic courses for the first three semesters. Social work majors continue on to the fourth internship/thesis semester.
Students must earn a C- or higher to receive credit for their social work courses. Students will receive credit for BIB 314 and BIB 449 , as well as any other general education or elective course, with a D-