Social Work

Bachelor of Arts
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The social work 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 followed by an internship in the field working under the supervision of a master’s-level social worker. Upon completion of the major, you will be prepared to seek professional employment or pursue advanced study. 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
  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Career opportunities

With a degree in social work, 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

Photo of Jonathan Clark D.S.W.

Jon Clark D.S.W.

Associate Professor, Program Co-Director, Social Work & Social Welfare

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 or diploma
  • Official college transcripts

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Social Work and Human Services (AS-T) to Social Work, 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). Contact your program representative about transferring equivalent courses from your community college.

BIOL 125Introduction to Biology3
 Human Biology
(DC option currently unavailable)
PS 121American Government3
PSY 119General Psychology3
SOC 121Introduction to Sociology3
(DC option currently unavailable)


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.

Social Work

Social work degree students must complete their internship requirements within seven semesters of beginning the program in order to maintain academic integrity.

Required Courses (51 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community3
BIB 439Biblical Perspectives for Social Justice3
PSY 411Abnormal Psychology3
SW 122Helping People: Introduction to Social Work3
SW 301Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SW 321Theory and Practice with Families Environment3
SW 351Urban Society and the Welfare State Environment3
SW 361Social Problems and Public Policy Environment3
SW 401Foundations of Social Work Practice Environment3
SW 411Working with Groups3
SW 421Becoming a Change Agent3
SW 430Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice3
SW 462Introduction to Social Science Research Practice3
SW 493Integrative Field Seminar and Thesis I3
SW 494Integrative Field Seminar and Thesis II3
SW 495Integrative Field Seminar and Thesis III3
SW 496Integrative Field Seminar and Thesis IV3

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