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 Experiences
All seniors participate in a 400-hour internship for a local social welfare 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.
For students interested in a study abroad experience, several required courses for the social work major are offered overseas.
The social work major prepares students with the following 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 social work ethical principles to guide professional practice, with an understanding of how Christian beliefs and values are ethically integrated.
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 without discrimination, demonstrating a value and respect for diversity.
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 that promotes social and economic justice and the delivery of effective social work services.
APU Student Learning Outcome 9: Respond to ever emerging environmental contexts that shape practice.
APU Student Learning Outcome 10: Apply knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.