Social Work

Department of Sociology and Social Work

It takes a special person to commit to meeting the physical, emotional, economic, and social needs of others. It takes understanding and knowledge to promote social change. Are you ready for the challenge?


PLNU offers a social work major through the Department of Sociology and Social Work. In lower-division courses, you'll study sociology, biology, economics, and psychology. Upper-division courses study social and child welfare, race and ethnicity, and human behavior.

As part of a social work practicum, you'll be placed in approved social agencies, supervised by professional social workers. Entry-level practice placements include work with children, the aged, families, the homeless, and other special needs populations in a health, corrections, residential, community, or mental-health settings. A student must complete a minimum of 200 hours of social work practice.

Special Features

Career Opportunities

  • Hospital or adult care facility worker
  • Child welfare facility counselor
  • Drug rehabilitation facility worker
  • Nonprofit organization operator
  • Human services
  • Probation and criminal justice
  • Mental health facility administration