School of Social Work

Thinking about a career in Social Work?

The practice of social work actively seeks out and develops peoples' capacities by reaching for strengths in individuals, families, organizations, communities, and society as a whole. Social work rests on the firm belief that all people are of equal value and that every person possesses the capacity to face challenges and to grow and change. People experience "problems in living" when life presents them with challenges of an historical, institutional, interpersonal, or intrapersonal nature. The social work profession has always been in the forefront of promoting positive social change in the broader societal context, empowering our most vulnerable citizens and championing the rights of people with disabilities.

In the Chico social work program, there is a rich mix of students from various backgrounds, lifestyles and traditions. This results in a diverse context for studying and working for social change. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which assures students their education meets national standards for social work education at the baccalaureate level, and increases their opportunities for employment and admission into MSW programs. Also, please note that our courses are delivered in various formats; face to face, online, hybrid, and other distributive education models.

Demand for social workers is on the rise, and social work is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States. For variety, few occupations can compare with social work, which offers a broad range of opportunities and settings.

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