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Social Work

College of Health and Human Services

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Director: John Oliver

Associate Director – Coordinator of Academic Programs: Rebecca Lopez (562) 985-5655

Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Undergraduate Advisor: Nancy Meyer-Adams (562) 985-4658

Admissions Coordinator: Candace M. Smith (562) 985-8180

Coordinator of Field Education: Marian Klemek (562) 985-8178

Distance Education Coordinator: Marilyn Potts (562) 985-5183

MSW / BASW 24 Hour Information Line: (562) 985-5654 / 985-5427

Department Office: SSPA, Room 161
Department Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4616 / 985-5514

Faculty: Paul Abels (Emeritus, 2000), Jan Black (Emerita, 1999), Jolae Brocato, Lester Brown (Emeritus, 2004), Ruth Chambers, Kenneth Chau (Emeritus, 1998), Agathi Glezakos, Catherine C. Goodman, Jean M. Granger (Emerita, 2002), Yolanda Green, Jillian Jimenez, Chistine Kleinpeter, Jeffrey Koob, Brian Lam, Cheryl Lee, Isaiah C. Lee (Emeritus, 1998), Rebecca Lopez, Nancy Meyer-Adams, Chikako Nagai, Julie O’Donnell, John Oliver, Eileen Mayers Pasztor, Marilyn Potts, Molly Ranney, Susan Rice (Emerita, 2005), Janaki Santhiveeran, Phillip Tan, Thomas Alex Washington, Steve Wilson

Assistant to the Director: Ann Radzicki, (562) 985-1878

Full-time Field Faculty: Venetta Campbell, Rashida Crutchfield, Tom Crowe, Michael Foster, Judy Green, Marian Klemek, Stacey Peyer, Joy Rubin, Susana Salas

Students desiring information should contact the numbers listed above. Program applications (BASW, MSW) are available on the department's website (

Career Possibilities

Social Worker • Hospital Discharge Planner • Services Eligibility Worker • Psychiatric Social Worker • Probation or Parole Officer • Delinquency Prevention Program Worker • Medical Social Worker • School Social Worker • Child Welfare Caseworker • Community Organization Administrator • Health Care Administrator • Director of Social Services • Researcher • Organization Administrator • Health Care Administrator • Researcher • Employment Program Supervisor • Industrial Social Worker • Health Educator and Hospice Services Coordinator • Case Management • Gerontological Social Work • Community Organizer • Social Policy Analyst (For more information, see


The mission of the profession of social work is to improve the quality of life for all people and to enhance human potential for full and productive participation in society. As such, social work has universal application to meet human needs arising from personal-societal interactions. Social Work, based on the history and philosophy of the profession, is committed to working with disenfranchised groups to alleviate poverty and oppression and to empower at risk groups including families and communities.
The social work method is a change-oriented process which helps individuals and social units of all sizes, structures and functions to discover, mobilize, develop and use their own and outside resources to change personal and social conditions which are barriers to meeting their needs. Change is accomplished through direct service, supervision, consultation, education, community organization, program development and evaluation, organizational and administrative advocacy, policy development, and social or political action.
Social workers are employed in varied settings, such as major societal institutions, health and mental health, child welfare, family services, government, corrections, aging services, recreation, and labor and industry. They work in many job classifications: direct service, community organization, supervision, consultation, management, administration, education and training, policy analysis and research.

The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare a diverse student population for Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) and Master in Social Work (MSW) degrees for professional social work practice. The graduates of these programs are able to:

  • demonstrate competent and ethical practice with diverse and multicultural populations from a base that builds on advances in social work knowledge, values and skills;
  • enhance the well-being, and address the needs of diverse and multicultural populations across the life span; and
  • advocate for social justice and social change and for elimination of oppression and discrimination.

Additionally, the mission is to provide BASW and MSW education which is broadly accessible so that graduates can serve the needs of local, state and international communities in which they practice. In order to accomplish the mission, the Department draws on a diverse faculty who provide quality social work education and contribute to the community, the profession and the advancement of professional knowledge.

The Departmental curriculum assists BASW and MSW students to gain professional knowledge and values and develop an understanding of, and skill in social work methods and techniques required to undertake quality practice within the full spectrum of professional tasks. These expectations are accomplished with the student through the integration of the information and theories of the classroom with supervised practical experience in a variety of social agencies.

The BASW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation, 1725 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone number: 703-683-8080).

Departmental, University and Council on Social Work Education regulations do not permit the substitution of life or work experience for curriculum or degree requirements.