A career is not just a job when it gives you the opportunity to help and serve others. The social work program at Fresno Pacific University offers a dynamic combination of liberal arts education and professional training. You will learn to meet to the needs of diverse individuals and transfer what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world practice. Our program offers an excellent education in a supportive Christian atmosphere that integrates faith and professional ethics in ways that will make you highly sought after in the field.
- The helper-as-servant model
- A semester-long internship
- Research project with final presentation provides excellent preparation for graduate school
- Emphasizes an understanding of diversity, social work values and ethics and social justice
- Informed by a Christian/Anabaptist worldview
A unique feature of FPU’s social work major is the hands-on preparation for entry into the profession. During your senior spring semester, you will complete a supervised field placement in which you’ll work 32 hours a week under the supervision of a master's level social worker. At the end of the semester you will have completed 448 hours or more of training, making you a very desirable employee. Many of our students are hired by their field placement agencies. Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the helping professions: social work, counseling, juvenile and adult probation, ministry, non-profit management, family and child welfare and gerontology. With a master’s degree in social work our graduates go on to work as medical social workers, school social workers/counselors and licensed clinical social workers.