Psychology & Social Work

Social Work

What is it like to study social work at PUC?

  • Our social work program is accredited by the Counsel on Social Work Education (CSWE). Because of this, we are required to graduate every social work major as a professionally trained social worker-someone who not only understands social work, but can do social work. To meet this requirement, many of our social work course have a strong "how to" flavor.
  • As a freshman and sophomore you will take several courses that will help you learn more about social work and your place in the profession of social work. You will also take courses, like Introduction to American Government, that will give you the background you need to make the best use of skills you learn in your social work courses.
  • As a junior you will enter into a series of courses that will prepare you for beginning social work practice. This series will continue right through to the end of your senior year.
  • During your junior year you will also learn and use research skills to evaluate a local social service program. You will share your findings with other social work majors, psychology majors, and the psychology and social work faculty. You might even choose to follow in the footsteps of past social work students and present your findings at a national social work conference-you might even win a research award!
  • A highlight of your senior year will be your social work internship-2 days (12-15 hours) a week for the entire academic year. And yes, you get class credit for this. Your internship is a critical part of your education at PUC. Your internship is where you will take what you have learned in class and translate it into real-world action.
  • As a social work major you will learn both in and out of the classroom. You will have many opportunities to interact with faculty at campus activities and in their homes, collaboration on group projects with other students, and hang out at the department to talk, debate, or just relax.

Department Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate respect for the core Department values of free inquiry, diversity, responsible citizenship, and service to God and humanity.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate recognition of the moral tensions, and appreciation of the common values, between the professions and the Christian faith.

Social Work Major Student Learning Outcomes

  • Competency 1: Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Competency 2: Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Competency 3: Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Competency 4: Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Competency 5: Engage in policy practice
  • Competency 6: Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Competency 7: Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Competency 8: Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Competency 9: Evaluate practice with with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

NOTE: If you would like more detailed information about our Student Learning Outcomes please contact the Social Work Program Director.

National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics

Approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 2017 NASW Delegate Assembly

Professional ethics are at the core of social work. The profession has an obligation to articulate its basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards. The NASW Code of Ethics sets forth these values, principles, and standards to guide social workers' conduct. The Code is relevant to all social workers and social work students, regardless of their professional functions, the settings in which they work, or the populations they serve.