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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. Learn more about our Social Work programs here.


  • 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

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Jon Clark D.S.W.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Social Work and Social Welfare (TUG and Degree Completion)

Admission requirements

  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units 
  • 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
  • GED or AA/AS degree
  • Official college transcripts


  • 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).

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Social Work and Human Services (AS-T) to Social Welfare, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • BIOL 125   Introduction to Biology (3)
    • PSY 119   General Psychology (3)
    • SOC 121   Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • Economics (3)
  • This program is offered as evening accelerated

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

General Education Requirements

Select at least four of the following (must be taken prior to or during the degree completion program)

BIOL 125Introduction to Biology Credits3
 Human Biology (DC option currently unavailable) 
PS 121American Government Credits3
PSY 119General Psychology Credits3
SOC 121Introduction to Sociology Credits3
 Economics (DC option currently unavailable) 

Social Welfare Option

Near the end of their program, when students apply for their degree and choose the social welfare degree option, the opportunity to pursue a social work degree closes and they are no longer eligible for the integrative field seminar courses scheduled for Semester 4 (SW 393, SW 394, SW 395 and SW 396).

Required Courses (39 Units)

Complete all the courses required for the social work program, except for SW 493, SW 494, SW 495 and SW 496

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community Credits3
BIB 439Biblical Perspectives for Social Justice Credits3
PSY 411Abnormal Psychology Credits3
SW 122Helping People: Introduction to Social Work Credits3
SW 301Human Behavior and the Social Environment Credits3
SW 321Theory and Practice with Families Environment Credits3
SW 351Urban Society and the Welfare State Environment Credits3
SW 361Social Problems and Public Policy Environment Credits3
SW 401Foundations of Social Work Practice Environment Credits3
SW 411Working with Groups Credits3
SW 421Becoming a Change Agent Credits3
SW 430Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice Credits3
SW 462Introduction to Social Science Research Practice Credits3


Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimum. This requirement may also be met through allowable college coursework, advanced placement exams, the College Level Examination Program, international baccalaureate exams, and military or ACE credit.

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