Help Others Thrive with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Social work professionals are needed now more than ever as our society becomes increasingly culturally diverse and economically divided. Azusa Pacific’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program uniquely positions graduates to meet the need of underserved populations locally and globally and equips them with the skills to help individuals and communities thrive.

The social work major helps you develop the professional knowledge and skills to work with individuals and groups such as at-risk youth, those with disabilities, people who are oppressed, and more. You will be equipped to serve in settings such as hospitals, schools, adoption agencies, domestic violence shelters, and mental health agencies. Plus, you will gain tangible work experience through a structured 400-hour supervised senior year internship program.

Social work majors learn and grow within a nationally accredited program featuring a faith-integration approach that incorporates service-learning components. Specialized coursework options include areas such as child welfare, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, grant writing, and international social work.

View the BSW program coursework and student learning outcomes.

Gain In-Depth Learning Experiences

All seniors participate in a 400-hour internship with a local social service agency. Locations include hospitals, homeless service providers, women’s shelters, schools, child welfare agencies, probation programs, developmental disability service providers, mental health agencies, drug and alcohol abuse prevention and treatment facilities, and senior 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.

BSW Program Mission, Goals, and Competencies

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.

View BSW program goals and competencies in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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.


Azusa Pacific University receives accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, the BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.