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.