Social Work

The bachelor of social work program at Pacific University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The BSW program is the study of generalist social work practice with a focus on issues of diversity, cultural competence and social justice. Students engage in classroom learning and fieldwork and develop the introductory skills to effect change with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Program Highlights

  • Gain a heightened focus on social and economic justice
  • Customize field experiences around specific passions
  • Learn in a secular, welcoming and tolerant atmosphere
  • Benefit from strong partnerships with top-notch practicum sites, such as Washington County Commission on Children and Families, Community Action, Washington County Juvenile Department, Hillsboro Children’s Protective Services, Washington County Department on Aging, Disabilities and Veteran’s Affairs, Hospice of Washington County and local schools
  • Develop and strengthen friendships and relationships with faculty and fellow students through the Social Work Club


Coursework 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.


Social work graduates are prepared for careers in settings as diverse as criminal justice, child welfare, healthcare, school social work, aging, government agencies, mental health, the political arena, research, nonprofit organizations, advocacy, human rights, poverty and homelessness, international social work, community development, adoption, substance abuse, hospice and family violence. Most go on to obtain master’s degrees in social work. Pacific offers a master of social work program on its Eugene Campus. Students who complete the undergraduate degree at Pacific may be eligible for an accelerated master's program.

More Information

Program Handbook (pdf)
Field Manual (pdf)
BSW Program Assessment Results (pdf)

Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Bachelor of Social Work Program Director
Associate Dean & Director, School of Social Sciences
Director of Masters of Social Work Program