Social Work

The social work program at Pacific University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The social work bachelor's degree is part of the multidisciplinary Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. The program focuses on the applied study of generalist social work practice within the liberal arts framework.

With a focus on issues of diversity, cultural competence and social justice, students are engaged both in classroom learning and field work. They develop skills to effect change with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Students drawn to the field are motivated, self-aware, responsible, open to diverse populations and interested in social change. In addition, they are interested in new experiences and share a genuine concern for social justice.

The program is named after the late Claire Angevin Argow, who was a pioneer among women in social work nationally and a tireless advocate for social justice. A faculty member at Pacific, she was a recipient of the Outstanding Women of Oregon Award.

Program Highlights

  • A secular setting, offering a welcoming and tolerant learning atmosphere
  • Opportunities to customize field-learning experiences around specific passions
  • Focus on social and economic justice
  • Strong partnerships with top-notch practicum sites including juvenile departments, protective services, aging, nonprofit organizations, hospices, advocacy organizations, local schools and others


Course work includes both classroom and field experience and draws from several disciplines, including psychology and sociology. Both micro- and macro-social work practice are covered, as well as social work research methods, which are fundamental to the development and critical use of information relevant to social work decision making. Studies culminate in a 440-hour senior year practicum in an approved agency over the course of two semesters. Professors in the social work major seek out creative opportunities to work with students personally and individually.

More Information

Fact Sheet
Program Assessment
Program Handbook
Field Manual



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