Program Director: Sonia Medina Pranger, LCSW, PPSC
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.
Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation.
Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master's social work program by the Council on Social Work Education' Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
Accreditation 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.
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 with the supervised internship, conferences with field instructor, and case presentation.
- Students will think critically, write effectively about research findings, assess needs in the community and display skill and leadership of services and collaborative work.
- Students will participate in culturally diverse activities, show appropriate behavior with diverse client groups, and have written expression which is respectful and understanding of cultural, ethnic, religious, economic and racial diversity.
- Students will have appropriate written mechanics in coursework and field assignments (APA style) and use oral communications in class and public presentations.
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