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
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.
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.
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 100||Principles of Biology||4|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
or Principles of Macroeconomics
|PS 120||American Politics and Society||3|
|PSY 120||General Psychology||3|
|SOC 120||Introduction to Sociology||3|
Required Courses (14 Courses, 48 Units)
|SW 120||Helping People: An Introduction||3|
|PSY 410||Abnormal Psychology||4|
|SW 300||Human Behavior in the Social Environment||3|
|SW 320||Marriage and Family||3|
|SW 350||Urban Society and the Welfare State||3|
|SW 360||Social Problems and Public Policy||3|
|SW 400||Foundations of Social Work Practice||3|
|SW 410||Working with Groups||3|
|SW 420||Becoming a Change Agent||3|
|American Ethnicity and Pluralism|
or Cultural Competence in Professional Practice
|SW 461||Introduction to Social Science Research||3|
|SW 480||Senior Seminar in Social Work||3|
|SW 481||Senior Social Work Thesis||3|
|SW 482||Field Instruction in Social Work||8|
Recommended Elective Courses
|SOC 372||Juvenile Delinquency and Justice||3|
|SOC 482||Intercultural Practicum||1|
|SW 100||Perspectives in Social Work||1|
|SW 110||Participation in Volunteer Services||1 - 3|
|SW 310||Social Gerontology||3|
|SW 390||Chemical Dependency Intervention||3|
|SW 395||Studies in Domestic Violence||2|
|SW 483||Mediation Practicum||1|
View our State Professional Licensing and Certificate Disclosure.
Sonia Medina-Pranger, L.C.S.W., P.P.S.C.
Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director, Social Work (TUG)