Brief History

The Department of Social Work at Fu Jen Catholic University, first established in 1968, was originally a Social Work Unit under the Department of Sociology. In August 1980, with the desire to extend their educational goals and improve the quality of education, the Social Work Unit acquired approval from the Ministry of Education for the creation of an independent Department of Social Work, which allowed undergraduate admission into the program. In August 1990, in order to meet the needs of university students, the department allowed students to choose the field as a double major. By August 1998, a Masters Program in Social Work was established under the approval of the Ministry of Education.


The Department of Social Work aims to provide basic education and professional training in the field of social work. It hopes to nurture prospective social workers who are generous, mature, understands societal needs, has professional knowledge and abilities, are aware of work ethics, courageous, and willingness to stand up for justice and equality.
The graduate program aims to improve students’ understanding of social work theory and practice, advancing their abilities to plan and analyze, design, execute plans, evaluate proposals, and engage in further research on specific ethnic groups or societal problems.

(A)BSW Program

To bolster students’ foundation of Social Work, entrusting students with the knowledge, values and capability to handle basic Social work and Social welfare services upon graduation.

(B) MSW Program

To enhance students’ knowledge and skills on Social Work practice and research; and to cultivate students as professionals mastering in direct services, program development and analysis, supervision and administrative management.

BSW Program Features

(A) BSW Program
The faculty members possess their own expertise and dedicate themselves to research in various areas. They are educator with visions and are willing to invest their time and efforts in social work education.
1.Use of multiple teaching methods to enhance students’ learning outcomes.
2.Provide quality teaching equipment
3.Provide multi-dimensional internships and overseas internship (eg. Mainland enterprises, the Philippines, Cambodia), and a substantial system of internship supervisors.
4.Offer courses that comply with the contemporary society, such as "International Reief and Social Work", "Disaster Management and Social Work", "The Concept of Poverty and Social Assistance", "Employment Service and Social Work”, "Social Work for Indigenous People", etc.
5.Cultivation and implementation of students’ social work ethics.

(B) MSW Program Features

The developmental characteristic of the Master Program is mainly on community-based social welfare.
The department offers two courses (the “Community –Based Social Welfare” and the “Seminar on Community Work”) as the experimental courses.
The “Community-Based Social Welfare” course leads students to conduct case studies in the Taipei Metropolitan area.
The “Seminar on Community Work” course requires students to engage with undergraduate students to conduct field work in communities of the Taipei Metropolitan area. Both courses try to lead and implement the development of community-based social welfare.

Environment of Instruction

1. Well-equipped classrooms

2. Classrooms with E-learning facilities

- Beda Hall BS111

- Beda Hall BS303

3. Graduate students’ research room

- Graduate students’ classroom JS119

- Graduate students’ discussion room BS210

Career prospects for graduates

After completing their bachelors or masters courses, students can choose to further their studies in the field of social work, or seek employment in the social services sector.

1. Further Education
(I) Masters’ degree: On top of the Masters’ course offered by the Department of Social Work, students can apply to read a Masters’ degree at departments of social work/welfare or other related courses at academic institutions in Taiwan. Alternatively, they may further their studies overseas.
(II) Doctoral degree: Graduates with a Masters’ degree may apply to the departments of social work/welfare at National Taiwan University, National Chung Cheng University, National Chi Nan University, or Tunghai University to further their studies. Alternatively, they may pursue study opportunities overseas, to put themselves in a better position for a higher level of research/employment in the future.

2. Qualification Exam
(I) Graduates may apply to be a licensed social worker by passing the qualification exam.
(II) Graduates may apply for positions related to the field of social work in the civil service by passing the civil service examination.

3. Employment
(I) Graduates may apply for positions in the civil service related to social affairs (senior citizens, child and youths, disabled, women, etc.), or to social welfare organizations in the private sector (hospitals, schools, organizations assisting the disabled, senior citizens, women, laborers, workforce, youths, etc.) to work in roles either directly or indirectly involved in the field of social services.
(II) Graduates may set up a social services company and offer social work services.
(III) Graduates may apply for positions related to human resource management, staff training, or counselling, in various companies.