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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

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  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate 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.

Social Work Program Student Handbook

The Social Work Handbook has been developed to provide social work majors, program faculty, advisory board members, field instructors, and prospective students an overview of the accredited Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) Program at Pacific Union College. The handbook provides information on the field of social work, areas of practice, and the specific mission of the program. Also outlined in this manual is information on program objectives, outcomes, curriculum, the advisement process and the formal admissions procedure.

National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics

Approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 1999 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.