Dec 04, 2021  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work B.A.

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Program Co-Director: Donna Callahan, M.S.W.


The social work major prepares students for positions in a variety of social work or service careers. The program integrates theory and practice, instills an understanding of the relationship between social work and Christian faith and encourages 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/Anabaptist worldview. Upon completion of the major, 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 and a semester-long internship.

Students interested in majoring in social work should complete their prerequisite and foundational courses during their freshmen and sophomore years. Students interested in graduate study should complete PSY 300 - Statistics  prior to graduation.

Accreditation Status

Fresno Pacific University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Accreditation’s Comission 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 canidacy 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 oor before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once 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 accreditated program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will identify themselves as professional social workers by demonstrating knowledge of the values, ethics, and skills of the Social work profession while incorporating a Christian world view.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social work history, policies, practices and their roots in the core values of the profession.
  3. Students will demonstrate skill in applying the techniques and practices learned in the classroom.
  4. Students will demonstrate skill in research, change agency and program planning.
  5. Students will demonstrate sensitivity and awareness of differences among people.
  6. Students will be prepared for employment and advanced study in the field.
  7. Students will successfully complete a generalist internship under the supervision of a professional social worker.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

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