Social Work

Warner Pacific Social Work Program buttonSocial Work is a leadership profession that is very diverse in its practice and clientele, assisting in:

  • Community development
  • Prevention
  • Intervention

Social workers address the issues faced by individuals, couples, and families; work with groups; facilitate change in communities; and address social injustice.

This program prepares students for a beginning generalist practice as a professional social worker.

As a small, private Christian college, our professors offer up-to-date instruction using real world examples from around the corner in Portland or across the globe.

Warner Pacific offers:

  • Small classes
  • Personal attention from our professors
  • An urban setting with opportunities to positively impact the community
  • Experiential learning
  • A very interdisciplinary approach
  • Learning that is broad in scope


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Social Work Major

Prerequisites: PSY 140, SOC 140

52 credits: 15 credits in residence, 35 credits upper division. Required:

BIO 121 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 4
SW 200 Exploring Social Work 3
HD 311 Prenatal through Early Childhood Development 3
HD 312 Mid-child through Adolescent Development 3
HD 313 Adult Development, Aging and Dying 3
HIS/SOC 340 Ethnic Relations in America 3
PS/SOC 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3
SS 393 Research Methods and Applied Statistics 4
SW 380 Practice I: Individuals 4
SW 385 Practice II: Families and Groups 4
SW 390 Practice III: Organizations & Communities 4
SW 491 Field Practicum I 5
SW 492 Field Practicum II 5
SW 495 Field Practicum Seminar 2
SW 496 Field Practicum Seminar 2

Major Competencies

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

(Updated April 2016)