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

Career opportunities

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.

Program director

Donna Callahan
Donna Callahan

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

Select at least four of the following courses:

BIOL-100Principles of Biology4
ECON-101Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON-102Principles of Macroeconomics3
PS-120American Politics and Society3
PSY-120General Psychology3
SOC-120Introduction to Sociology3

Required Courses (15 Courses, 51 Units)

Foundational Courses
SW-100Perspectives in Social Work1
SW-120Helping People: An Introduction3
Advanced Courses
PSY-410Abnormal Psychology4
SOC-410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
SOC-461Introduction to Social Science Research3
SW-300Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
SW-320Marriage and Family3
SW-350Urban Society and the Welfare State3
SW-360Social Problems and Public Policy4
SW-400Foundations of Social Work Practice4
SW-410Working With Groups3
SW-420Becoming a Change Agent3
SW-480Senior Seminar in Social Work3
SW-481Senior Thesis3
SW-482Field Instruction in Social Work8

Recommended Elective Courses

PS-375Criminal Justice in America4
SOC-372Juvenile Delinquency and Justice3
SOC-482Intercultural Practicum1
SW-110Participation in Volunteer Services1-3
SW-310Social Gerontology3
SW-390Chemical Dependency Intervention3
SW-395Studies in Domestic Violence2
SW-483Mediation Practicum1