Bachelor of Social Work


Engage in classroom learning and fieldwork and develop the skills to effect change for individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

The practice of baccalaureate social work is as exciting as it is wide-ranging. Social workers can be found working in schools, hospitals, state and county health services, child welfare service, sexual assault resource center, or any number of local non-profit organizations addressing issues related to mental health, substance use, and/or homelessness. Practice activities/tasks could include; 

  • Assessment: finding out what people need help with. Housing, food, counseling services?
  • Intervention: working directly with individuals, families and or groups in any number of settings, sometimes in their home.
  • Case management: arrange and coordinate multiple services to meet the specific person's complex needs.
  • Advocacy: advocating for systemic change in our communities.
  • Administration: developing and carrying out policies, programs or activities.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Pacific's bachelor of social work program provides students with the opportunity to study generalist social work practice with a focus on diversity, cultural competence and social justice.

Customize field experiences around your passions and learn in a secular, welcoming and tolerant atmosphere. Benefit from our partnerships with top-notch practicum sites in the Portland region and join the Social Work Club, a forum for developing and strengthening friendships among students and faculty members.

Pacific's BSW program is part of the Claire Argow Social Work Program, along with the Master of Social Work program.

BSW Program Results of CSWE Competencies Assessments


Claire Argow

Pacific University is pleased to announce the naming of its social work program in honor of noted former faculty member and activist Claire Angevin Argow.

From President Hallick

Pacific will waive application fees for Concordia students. Undergraduates in good standing at Concordia, as well as accepted incoming undergrads, will be accepted for admission and will qualify for merit scholarships from $12,000 to $24,000 per year.

Six students from the Master of Social Work program participated in a 20-day immersion course in Merida, Mexico during winter break. The focus of the course was to learn more about what social services and advocacy groups are available in the Yucatan area, and Merida in particular, and where there may be gaps in services.