The La Sierra Advantage

Studying social work at La Sierra University offers:

  • Small classes (eight to 18 students) to facilitate better student/faculty interaction and learning.
  • Hands-on-training, providing students with practical experience.
  • The only accredited B.S.W. degree in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
  • Evening classes to accommodate work schedules.
  • Faculty members who are involved, caring, and easily accessible.
  • Many of our graduates go to graduate schools with advanced standing, thus having an opportunity to complete a Master in Social Work (M.S.W.) degree in one year.
  • One hundred percent of our recent graduating social work students received a social work job offer.

Employment outlook

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of child, family, and school social workers is projected to grow 15 percent; employment of healthcare social workers is projected to grow 27 percent; and employment of mental health and substance abuse social workers is projected to grow 23 percent.

What I liked about the social work program was learning to develop basic practice intervention skills with individuals, families, groups, and organizations through being introduced to theories that are used in understanding human behavior. I also liked how the program focused on building basic assessment skills to help gain a better understanding of human behavior through a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual lens. The social work program taught me how to be- come a positive change agent by helping me learn how to solve problems, use knowledge-based skills to understand others, advocate and confront injustices in society, and empower others. It has increased my level of compassion to care for and help people, which has contributed to me becoming the professional social worker I am today.

Lindsey Young, 2011 Graduate

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Why Study Social Work At La Sierra University?

If you thrive on making a difference in people’s lives, then a career in social work may be for you! at La Sierra University, you can become a social worker with a variety of specializations:

  • Child, youth, and family services
  • Aging/gerontology
  • Health care
  • Mental health care
  • Criminal justice
  • Substance abuse
  • Community
  • Social action, and many more

Even if you specialize in just one of the many areas within the field of social work, your new career will be incredibly flexible. Social workers enjoy the added benefit of challenging new circumstances every day. If you have always had trouble picturing yourself doing only one thing for the rest of your life, social work is the career for you!