Department of Social Work Education
Dr. Martha Vungkhanching, Department Chair
Professional and Human Services 128
Degrees and Programs Offered
BA in Social Work, B.A.
MSW in Social Work, M.S.W.
PREB in Pre-Social Work
The profession of social work is dedicated to meeting the diverse social service needs of special populations of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. As a practice-oriented profession, social work deals with social concerns that range from societal oppression to people's emotional/behavioral problems. The social work practitioner helps at-risk populations which typically include people of color; women; people who are recent refugees; those who are older adults, poor, and/or homeless; children and adults who are abused/neglected; people who have chronic mental illness; those who are developmentally disabled; those who have physical illnesses or disabilities; and those who abuse substances or engage in criminal activities.
In focusing on disadvantaged groups, social workers use a range of traditional and nontraditional methods to promote well-being, personal growth, and social justice. These methods include client and systems policy advocacy, brokering, and consulting, as well as indi-vidual, family, and group counseling/psychotherapy. Other methods include education, research, and professional supervision.
While the discipline of social work is deeply rooted in a rich, 100-year history of service, what social workers "do" is no longer traditionally defined. The role of the social worker is constantly expanding into innovative service fields wherever a compassionate response to human need is indicated.
The Department of Social Work Education offers two degree programs to educate beginning and advanced social work practitioners who can meet complex client needs in a broad range of public and private human service settings and who can perform in a variety of roles using a multisystems approach. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice as well as for graduate study in the human service field, including social work. The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) prepares the learner for advanced multisystems social work practice as well as for doctoral study in social work and related human service arenas. Both the B.A. and the M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Social Work Major
Policies and Procedures for Admission. Applicants must meet all criteria for admission to the university and to the major. Admission to the program is a two-step process: (1) admission to the university and then (2) admission to the Social Work major. All prerequisites must be completed prior to application to the major.
All students who have been admitted to Fresno State, but have not yet been admitted to the major will be admitted to the university as "social work" students. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the Social Work program.
The faculty members of the department represent a wide spectrum of theoretical orientations and approaches to professional social work practice. All have substantive practice experience and many engage in active research programs and social policy interests. In addition to the on-campus facilities of the university, the department uses the San Joaquin Valley's unique urban-rural configuration of people, agribusiness and social-political institutions, and the accompanying host of social service needs as the setting for field internships. Numerous public and private social service agencies in our region make their facilities and professional social work staff available for the internship element of the department's programs. Internship experiences are available in the schools and mental health, probation, and social services departments in the counties of Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo. A representative sample of other settings include Community Regional Medical Centers of Central California, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, Children's Hospital of Central California, Fresno Unified School District, and Kings County Human Services Agency.
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The profession of social work is dedicated to meeting the diverse social service needs of special populations of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. As a practice-oriented profession, social work deals with social concerns that range from societal oppression to people's emotional/behavioral problems.
What You Can Earn
Social Worker (MSW)
$57,406 (in our region)
Social Worker (BSW)
$48,562 (in our region)
Source: HR Reported data from salary.com as of December 2012
What You Can Do
The undergraduate social work program prepares students to enter supervised professional social work practice and/or pursue admission to a range of graduate studies programs.
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- SWRK 128 Child Welfare
- SWRK 129 Treatment of Chemical Dependency
- SWRK 137 Cross Cultural Human Services
What You Can Learn
While the discipline of social work is deeply rooted in a rich, 100 year history of service, what social workers "do" is no longer traditionally defined. The role of the social worker is constantly expanding into innovative service fields wherever a compassionate response to human need is indicated. The department educates beginning (B.A. in Social Work) and advanced practioners (M.S.W) who can meet complex needs, perform a multiplicity of social work roles, promote intstitutional change, and enhance the problem solving capacities of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and commuties.
About the College
The College of Health and Human Services offers a broad range of fully accredited post-secondary and graduate educational programs to more than 2100 students each year. The College includes the Departments of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Gerontology, Kinesiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, and Social Work Education.
Residents and communities in the Central California region continue to face serious issues within the health and human service environment that will require continuing generations of well-prepared health and human service professionals.
College Contact Information
2345 E. San Ramon
Fresno CA 93740-8031
Phone: (559) 278-4004
FAX: (559) 278-4437
Department Contact Information
Department of Social Work
5310 N. Campus Drive PH102
Fresno CA 93740-8019
Professional Human Services Room 128