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Social Work, B.A.

At Cal Poly Humboldt, you’ll take what you learn in the classroom and put it to work in the real world—applying your new skills in diverse settings, ranging from small nonprofit agencies, tribal social services, large public organizations, and schools. Our students form lasting partnerships with faculty and staff members who are committed to student development. The faculty is dedicated to the well being of students based on caring and compassion.

Why this Program

Our program emphasizes working with Indigenous and rural communities and coursework designed to contribute to decolonizing mainstream social work practice. 

Senior placements allow students to work directly with community mentors to develop professional practice skills and apply what they have learned.

We have cultivated strong on-going partnerships with county and tribal social services programs in far northern California as well as schools, non-profits and community advocacy organizations. Courses are designed to support people who are rooted in their communities.

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Academics & Options

The purpose of the Bachelors of Arts in Social Work program is to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice responsive to the challenges and resources present in rural areas in particular and in more populated areas in general.

Did you know?

Our distance learning program was created in partnership with county and tribal social service providers in far northern California, with the goal of developing a workforce prepared to serve rural and tribal communities in the region. Courses in the online program are designed to support people who are rooted in their communities.

Our department supports progressive practice that is based on peace,  justice, experimentation, risk-taking, inclusiveness, partnership, non-expert paradigms of relationships, and a belief in the uniqueness of each student’s own professional goals and vision of becoming the social worker they want to be.

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Whether you want to advance in your current career, make a transition, or add a degree to amplify your voice and better serve the community you call home, our accessible program has an option to meet your needs.

  • Addictions
  • Child Welfare
  • Clinical Settings
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Planning
  • Foster Care
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Rehabilitation
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I chose social work after reflecting upon my values. I wanted to provide support to folks in all walks of life, and this pathway is all for that. I enjoyed the compassion and empathy the professors provided. I went through so much, being able to have them hear me and guide me through situations was impactful.

Daniel García Rivera, a (‘22, Social Work), Extended Day Aide, Fuente Nueva Charter School
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