Social Work | Academic Advising Handbook

Academic Advising

Social Work is housed in the Social Work and Public Health Department. The department offers the following majors and minors:

Students interested in majoring in Social Work must apply to the major. This is done after successfully completing the Principles of Social Work course (SOCWK 201). Transfer students can apply for the major in their first year at Pacific. Application materials are available on the Social Work program webpages. Students can declare the major after acceptance into the Social Work program.

Students should be aware that the Social Work Program includes substantial time in field placements in various courses and a 440-hour practicum senior year.

We do not offer a minor in Social Work.

Sample 4-year schedule

Students pursuing a social work major over four years have some flexibility in scheduling. The following outline is intended as a guide and lists only courses for the major in social work. Students must, of course, take courses to fulfill all College and core requirements. Coursework in the major must have a grade of "C-" or better and students must maintain a 2.75 average in the major. 

Freshman Year

Course Credits

SOC 110, 120,130, OR 150

4
PSY 150 - Intro to Psychology 4

Sophomore Year

Course Credits
SOCWK 201 - Principles of Social Work 4

SOCWK 320 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment

4
Social Work Elective 4
Social Work Elective 4

Junior Year

Course Credits
SOCWK 310 4
SOC 301 OR PSY 350 OR MATH 207 OR SOC 302 4
SOCWK 300 4
SOCWK 301 4
SOCWK 351 4

SOCWK 325 

4
SOCWK 480 1

Senior Year

Course Credits
SOCWK 481 12
 

Sample 2-year schedule

The courses that transfer students need to take in order to complete the social work major in 2 years will depend upon each student’s previous coursework. Typically, transfer
students will transfer in some lower division course work.

Junior Year

Course Credits
SOCWK 201 4
SOCWK 320 4
SOCWK 310 4
SOCWK 325 4
SOCWK 300 4
SOCWK 301 4
SOCWK 351 4
SOCWK 480 1

Senior Year

Course Credits
Social Work Elective 4
Social Work Elective 4
SOCWK 481 12

Social Work students are strongly encouraged to take Human Biology (BIOL 110) or Human Anatomy and Physiology (HBIO 230) since many MSW programs require a course in Human Biology as a pre-requisite.

The Social Work Program does not give academic credit for life or previous work experience.

Annual Class Planning Guide

This planning guide shows the predicted offerings for certain courses in this program. Use the guide to help you think about future terms. For a list of classes currently offered and how they fulfill core requirements, please see BoxerOnline and cross-reference this page as needed. Meet with your advisor and/or reach out to the department if you have questions.

Course number

Course name

Fall

Winter

Spring

Notes

SOCWK 201

 Principles of Social Work

 X

 

 

 

SOCWK 215

 Conflict Resolution

 

 X

 

 

SOCWK 225

 Peer Health Education

 

 

 

 

SOCWK 255

 New Topics

 

 

 

 

SOCWK 268

 Trinidad Culture & Society

 X

 

 

 Every other year starting Fall 2021

SOCWK 275

 Internship

 

 

 

 

SOCWK 300

 Micro Social Work Practice

 X

 

 

 

SOCWK 301

 Macro Social Work Practice

 

 

 X

 

SOCWK 310W

 Social Work Research Methods

 

 

 X

 Every other year starting Spring 2022

SOCWK 320

 Human Behavior in Social Environment

 

 

 X

 

SOCWK 325

 Counseling & Interviewing Techniques

 

 

 X

 

SOCWK 351

 Social Policy & Social Justice

 X

 

 

 

SOCWK 355

 New Topics

 

 

 

 

SOCWK 368

 Trinidad Culture & Society: Travel

 

 X

 

 Every other year beginning Winter 2022

SOCWK 395

 Independent Study

 

 

 

 

SOCWK 450

 Directed Research in Social Work

 

 

 

 

SOCWK 480

 Pre-Practicum Seminar

 

 

 X

 

SOCWK 481

 Social Work Practicum

 X

 

 X

 Students take 481 in the Fall and Spring.