The social welfare program will prepare you 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. You will complete a set of foundational and advanced courses in human development, social policy, social work methods, practice and research. Upon completion of the major, you will be prepared to seek professional employment or pursue advanced study in the field.


  • A challenging and supportive academic environment
  • Cohorts groups meet face-to-face for class one night per week
  • Cohort of 7-20 adults progress through the program together
  • Experienced faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students come from a variety of workplaces and cultural backgrounds

Career opportunities

With a degree in social welfare, you will be qualified to work in non-profit agencies serving community needs, as well as probation departments, county human service systems and hospitals. Social workers are in demand in community organization and development, as well as work with the elderly, children and families and the disabled. You may also work in schools, or as a substance abuse counselor, employment counselor or in a variety of special programs designed to help people and communities.

Program director

Jon Clarke
Jonathan Clark D.S.W. (ABD)

Social Work Degree Completion Program Director, Assistant Professor of Social Work

Admission requirements

  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level unitsĀ 
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • Two years post-secondary experience
  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts or diploma
  • Official college transcripts
  • Recommendation form


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Human Biology
  • Economics
  • Political Science

(4 of 5 co-requisite courses are required for graduation and it is strongly recommended that students complete these courses prior to beginning the cohort).

Course listing

SW-122Helping People: Introduction to Social Work3
SW-301Human Behavior & Social Environment3
SW-351Urban Society & the Welfare State3
SW-361Social Problems & Public Policy3
SW-321Theory & Practice with Families3
SW-401Foundations of Social Work Practice3
SW-411Working with Groups3
SW-430Cultural Competence in Social Work Practices3
PSY-411Abnormal Psychology3
BIB-439Biblical Perspectives of Social Justice3
SW-421Becoming a Change Agent3
SW-462Introduction to Social Science Research3
BIB-314Jesus and the Christian Community*3

* This course should be taken prior to the Biblical Perspectives course, either concurrently with cohort courses or prior to cohort start. Textbooks for this course are not included in tuition costs.