Department of Social Work Education

Dr. Martha Vungkhanching, Professor and Chair
Professional and Human Services 128
FAX: 559.278.7191

B.A. in Social Work
M.S.W. in Social Work
Certificate of Special Study in Alcohol/Drug Studies 
Certificate of Special Study in Cross-Cultural Competency 
Credential in Pupil Personnel Services - School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance
Credential in Pupil Personnel Services - School Social Work

Courses Offered

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 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.


Pre-Social Work as a preparatory program for the Social Work program has been changed and is now part of the larger Pre-Health Program. The College of Health and Human Services Pre-Health Program provides support to students exploring careers in the health and human services professions with academic advising and career exploration. The Pre-Health Program allows students interested in: Nursing, Kinesiology-Exercise Science, Health Science-Community Health and Social Work to explore these majors and career pathways. The Pre-Health Program is a three semester program that will blend in all lower-division general education. Students in the Pre-Health Program will enroll in HHS 18: Career Pathways in Health and Human Services in their first semester and HHS 100T: Career Exploration in Health and Human Services in their second semester to help in the exploration process. During the second semester an academic counselor will work with students’ to identify a major appropriate to their career path and then in the beginning of their third semester they will apply to the major of their interest. For additional information about the Pre-Health, please click the link: