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Make your calling a career by helping and serving others. As a social work major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll encounter a combination of theoretical learning and hands-on training that will prepare you to address the needs in your community. Travel to the state legislature to lobby or explore the theories of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. Our fully-accredited program prepares you professionally in a supportive Christian atmosphere that integrates faith and ethics in ways that will make you highly sought after in the field.


  • Field placement coordinated and supported by faculty
  • A semester-long internship with local organizations like the Mexican consulate, emergency response and Fresno County.
  • Research project with final presentation provides excellent preparation for graduate school
  • Emphasizes an understanding of diversity, social justice and social work values and ethics

Career opportunities

A unique feature of FPU’s social work major is the hands-on preparation for entry into the profession. During the spring semester of your senior year, 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 414 hours or more of training, making you a very desirable employee. Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in the helping professions: social work, counseling, juvenile and adult probation, victim advocacy, ministry, non-profit management, family and child welfare and gerontology.

Admission requirements

Applying for admission to the social work degree program is a two-step process. Students must apply and be admitted to the university prior to applying and being admitted to the social work program. Applications for the social work program are done during the students second year at FPU (45 units must have been completed). Transfers will be considered on a space-available basis if pre-requisites have been met.

  • Academic Success (Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0 scale is required)
  • Successful completion of prior lower-level social work courses
  • A passion and calling for social work as a career
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the social work profession
  • Personal and professional aptitude
  • Ability to meet all program and internship requirements

Application for Interested Social Work Majors

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

​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 100   Principles of Biology (4)
    • ECON 101   Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • Or ECON 102   Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • PSY 120   General Psychology (3)
    • SOC 120   Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SW 120   Helping People: An Introduction (3)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

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

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

Select at least four of the following courses

BIOL 100Principles of Biology4
ECON 101
ECON 102
Principles of Microeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics
or 3
PS 120American Politics and Society3
PSY 120General Psychology3
SOC 120Introduction to Sociology3

Required Courses (14 Courses, 48 Units)

Foundational Courses
SW 120Helping People: An Introduction3
Advanced Courses
PSY 410Abnormal Psychology4
SW 300Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
SW 320Marriage and Family3
SW 350Urban Society and the Welfare State3
SW 360Social Problems and Public Policy3
SW 400Foundations of Social Work Practice3
SW 410Working with Groups3
SW 420Becoming a Change Agent3
SOC 410
SW 431
American Ethnicity and Pluralism
or Cultural Competence in Professional Practice
or 3
SW 461Introduction to Social Science Research3
SW 480Senior Seminar in Social Work3
SW 481Senior Social Work Thesis3
SW 482Field Instruction in Social Work8
Recommended Elective Courses
PSY 300Statistics4
SOC 372Juvenile Delinquency and Justice3
SOC 482Intercultural Practicum1
SW 100Perspectives in Social Work1
SW 110Participation in Volunteer Services1 - 3
SW 310Social Gerontology3
SW 390Chemical Dependency Intervention3
SW 395Studies in Domestic Violence2
SW 483Mediation Practicum1

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Program director

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Sonia Medina-Pranger, L.C.S.W., P.P.S.C.

Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director, Social Work (TUG)