Social Work Major

Learn what it takes to be a social worker at one of the top Christian universities in the Pacific Northwest.

Looking for a career that affords you the opportunity to serve others? Interested in studying and working with diverse populations in a variety of social settings? If so, George Fox University’s nationally accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program may be the right fit for you.

Our social work major prepares you to work in a wide range of public and private social work and social welfare settings. Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge, skills and value base to succeed in fields ranging from health care and child welfare to ministry and criminal justice.

All social work majors are required to work in the field, so you’ll get hands-on experience under the direction of experts. Our experienced faculty will teach you to focus on the unique needs of individuals, enabling you to link social research with real-world social work practice. What further distinguishes our program is the fact we offer a Christian college environment that encourages not only academic – but spiritual – growth.

Request more information about the social work major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

George Fox social work majors travel all over the world serving others.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for mental health and substance abuse workers is projected to grow by 19 percent, while healthcare social workers should grow by 20 percent. Other strong growth areas include work with the elderly, families and children, while employment opportunities in rural areas should be especially plentiful.

  • Asset Development Housing, CASA of Oregon
  • Ethiopia Adoption Case Manger, All God’s Children International
  • Foster Care Certification Specialist, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Case Manager, Vista Hospice
  • Case Manager, Community Action Resource Program
  • Counselor, CODA (substance abuse)
  • Mental Health Specialist, Rossiter Elementary
  • Child Protective Services, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Residential Treatment, Cal Farley Therapeutic Ranch
  • Parenting Educator, Coordinated Council for Children in Crisis
  • Supervisor of Affordable Housing, HARSCH Properties
  • University of Southern California
  • Baylor University
  • Roberts Wesleyan University
  • University of Denver
  • Dominican University
  • Portland State University
  • Walla Walla University
  • Monmouth University
  • Home Plate (drop in center for homeless youth), Hillsboro, Ore.
  • All God’s Children Adoptions, Portland, Ore.
  • Gateway Center for Domestic Abuse, Portland, Ore.
  • Great Expectations (teen pregnancy), Newberg, Ore.
  • Juliette’s House Child Abuse Resource Center, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Parkside Residential Mental Health Treatment, McMinnville, Ore.
  • Reconnecting Children with Families, Beaverton, Ore.
  • West Women’s Shelter, Portland, Ore.
  • Morrison Child and Family Services, Portland, Ore.
  • Salvation Army Veteran’s Services, Beaverton, Ore.

Student Experiences

Alycia Smith

“The BSW program at George Fox University is excellently preparing me for an entry-level position in the social work field. In addition to the knowledge attained through classroom discussions and assignments over the last several years of my education, the required 500 hours of field experience provides opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in actual agency settings. With this experience, I am a more competitive job candidate and prepared to transition from student to social worker.”

- Alycia Smith

Anna Moreshead

“GFU’s social work program gave me the opportunity to apply the skills and theories we were learning in the classroom directly to my internship sites. Having practiced these skills, I developed a readiness and confidence to take with me into a broad range of direct service settings. My classes and internships humbled me as I realized that my education was less about me and more about the clients I am now serving.”

- Anna Moreshead

Points of Distinction

  • Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Graduates with a BSW degree may complete a Masters in Social Work in one year.
  • Students leave school with two internships on their resume (500 hours).
  • Students are trained to work with a wide variety of populations.
  • Students are prepared to work in both faith-based and private or public agencies.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

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