Pre-Social Work



Social Work Major

The program will no longer accept new students starting with the Fall 2019 application cycle.

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, 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 requirements of the programs. Internship experiences are available in the schools, healthcare settings, behavioral health, probation, and social services departments in the counties of Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare, and San Luis Obispo. A representative sample of settings include Community Regional Medical Centers of Central California, Valley Children’s Hospital, Fresno Unified School District, Focus Forward, and Kings County Human Services Agency. 

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Social work practitioners

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 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
M/S MH26
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 
Phone: 559-278-3992 
Fax: 559-278-7191

Office Location:

Professional Human Services Room 128