At a Glance

Program units




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APU’s social work major gives students professional knowledge and skills through hands-on learning experiences to work in settings such as hospitals, schools, adoption agencies, domestic violence shelters, and mental health agencies, and with at-risk youth, those with disabilities, and more. Students also gain tangible work experience through a structured 400-hour supervised senior year internship program.

Students get to learn and grow within a nationally accredited program featuring a faith-integration approach, which includes courses that incorporate service-learning components. Coursework can include areas such as grant writing, family violence, addiction, mental health, criminal justice, and international social work.

Meet the Faculty

Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D., serves as associate professor and BSW program director in the Department of Social Work at Azusa Pacific.

Get to know our social work faculty.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a social work major if you:

  • Are dissatisfied with the status quo and want to change society for the better
  • Enjoy helping people help themselves through personal interactions
  • Are passionate about social justice issues
  • Seek a vast array of job opportunities and career advancement
  • Are interested in earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree
Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.