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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 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 448 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, ministry, non-profit management, family and child welfare and gerontology.

Program director

Donna Callahan
Donna Callahan

Social Work Program Co-Director (Traditional Undergraduate), Associate 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-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 Policy3
SW-400Foundations of Social Work Practice3
SW-410Working With Groups3
SW-420Becoming a Change Agent3
SW-430Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice3
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-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

Accreditation Status

Fresno Pacific University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance. 

Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation.  Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program.  Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.