Skip to Content

About the Program

Why This Major Is Relevant

As our society becomes increasingly culturally diverse and economically stratified, social work professionals are needed to identify and meet the needs of underserved populations both locally and globally. In addition, the aging Baby Boomer population will spur a marked increase in the call for social workers over the coming decade. Nursing homes, assisted living, hospice, and governmental programs will require compassionate experts with a heart for the elderly. APU’s social work degree uniquely positions graduates to meet these needs and take advantage of plentiful job opportunities and advancement potential.

Gain In-Depth Learning Experience

All seniors participate in a 400-hour internship for a local social service agency. Locations include hospitals, homeless services, women’s shelters, schools, child protective services, probation and parole, developmental disability services, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and treatment, and senior citizen centers/skilled nursing facilities. Internship opportunities provide contacts in the field and ensure that social work majors graduate with significant, relevant experience on their résumés.

South Africa Semester for Social Work

An APU South Africa track in Cape Town specifically for social work begins in spring 2014 (and continues each fall and spring thereafter). Social work majors are offered the opportunity to learn, serve, and connect with the unique culture of South Africa through a meaningful internship and enjoy a two-week home stay with a South African family. What’s more, the South Africa program allows APU students to apply their full financial aid toward the semester charges, including all federal, state, and institutional aid!

For students interested in a study abroad experience, several required courses for the social work major are offered overseas.

BSW Program Mission

The Bachelor of Social Work program at Azusa Pacific University seeks to develop competent generalist social work practitioners who can apply the knowledge, values, and skills of social work, while integrating a Christian perspective, in order to enhance the well-being of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, advancing social justice locally and globally.

Practice Competencies

The social work major prepares students with the following foundation practice competencies, in accordance with the Council of Social Work Educational Policy Statement, 2008:

APU Student Learning Outcome 1: Identify with the profession of social work, and conduct oneself accordingly.

APU Student Learning Outcome 2: Apply ethical social work principles to guide professional practice.

APU Student Learning Outcome 3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.

APU Student Learning Outcome 4: Engage diversity and difference in practice.

APU Student Learning Outcome 5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice.

APU Student Learning Outcome 6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

APU Student Learning Outcome 7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.

APU Student Learning Outcome 8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services.

APU Student Learning Outcome 9: Respond to contexts that shape practice.

APU Student Learning Outcome 10: Engage, assess, intervene with, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

APU Student Learning Outcome 11: Articulate how Christian beliefs and values can be ethically integrated in professional social work practice.

Learn more about the program and required courses.

Social Work Resources

The Department of Social Work can connect you with resources that will prove indispensable to your education and career as a social worker.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.