Social Work Learning Outcomes

After Pacific | Social work graduates work in diverse settings — including criminal justice, child welfare, healthcare, school social work, government, mental health, agencies for the elderly, research organizations, advocacy, human rights, community development, international social work and substance abuse programs.

Many attend graduate programs in social work, including Pacific’s master of social work program. Students who complete our undergraduate social work program may be eligible for an accelerated master’s program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Our Student Learning outcomes are set forth from the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Specifically, the bachelor of social work program at Pacific seeks to:

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Program Purpose

The Social Work Program at Pacific University provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for culturally sensitive generalist social work practice. The BSW curriculum is designed to prepare students to provide services that advances the well-being of people; promote social and economic justice; and enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. It is our desire to provide students with both academic and field based experiences that allow the student to integrate theoretical and applied knowledge in order to engage in the planned change process at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of practice.

These experiences take place in the context of a broad liberal arts foundation. The small class sizes at Pacific allow for individual attention from professors, and our geographic location provides opportunities to explore social work in both rural and urban settings.