Overview

Welcome to the Department of Social Work at Azusa Pacific University. The department offers a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work, and has four cornerstones that guide its mission: competence, character, critical thinking, and community. Department faculty embed these four cornerstones throughout students’ learning experience so they help advance Christ’s call for social and economic justice and individual well-being.

Competence: Training competent social workers is central to our mission. By offering current curriculum, competitive internships, and innovative teaching strategies, our students develop skills as competent social workers. Current innovations include coursework in military social work and clinical Spanish, skills testing with live actors, engagement with community projects and research, agency-based leadership capstone projects, and ongoing development of new interdisciplinary internship sites.

Character: We hold to high standards of professionalism in our students. We adhere to the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics, and work diligently to prepare and train our students in the professional behavior exemplified by our respected alumni. As a Christ-centered university, we ascribe to the highest level of integrity for faculty and students, including training in ethical decision making, in order to prepare students for the challenges of real-world practice.

Critical Thinking: In a global world where social welfare issues, programs, interventions, and policy can change quickly, we train students to be problem solvers so that our alumni effectively engage new trends, research, and technology with confidence and determination. We seek to teach students to be independent thinkers so they become leaders in the field of social work, not content with the status quo but innovators of change.

Community: Joining an APU social work program means joining a community of social workers who care about each other, their local communities, and the world. We strive to keep our classes small so students build relationships with each other and with faculty. These synergistic relationships provide a platform for professional mentorship to students throughout their careers, and establish a network of relationships through our alumni who are serving communities all over the world.

Learn more about the department and our faculty.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

News & Features

Department of Social Work

  • Faculty Member Selected as Emerging Scholar

    Azusa Pacific’s Anupama Jacob, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, named as the next emerging scholar for the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC).

Elsewhere at APU

  • California Poet Laureate Visits APU

    Dana Gioia, poet laureate for the state of California, visited APU as part of the James L. Hedges Distinguished Lecture series.

  • Assemblymember's Swearing-in Encourages Optimism

    Surrounded by family, friends, and elected officials, California’s new Assemblymember to the 48th District Blanca E. Rubio, ’99, M.A. ’03 (D), took the oath of office before a standing-room-only crowd on January 28 at APU's Munson Chapel.

  • APU Hosts Night of Champions with Raiders' Derek Carr

    Azusa Pacific University and Fellowship of Christian Athletes invite Southern California teenagers, as well as their pastors, coaches, teachers, parents, and friends to campus for a dynamic evening with Oakland Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr.