The Social Work Program, offering a B.S. degree in Social Work, is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and approved by the New York State Department of Education as a baccalaureate-level social work education program.
The primary goal of the major is to prepare students for entry-level generalist practice as defined by the National Association of Social Workers. The courses emphasize direct services with individuals, families, small groups, organizations and communities and enable students to understand how social welfare services are organized and develop the skills to assist clients in obtaining the services they need.
Only those students who complete the Social Work Program in its entirety earn the B.S. degree with a major in Social Work. Graduates’ transcripts reflect the Social Work major and qualify graduates to use the B.S.W. designation in agency practice and/or on applications for admission to a graduate social work program.
Upon completing the major, students are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate schools of social work and, if accepted, may earn the M.S.W. degree in one year instead of the two years generally required.
Admission to the Program
Students in good academic standing with at least a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA may apply to the Program in Social Work at any time, preferably before attaining junior status.
Freshmen who are interested in the Social Work Program are encouraged to take the introductory Social Work course, SOW 110 - Social Needs/Societal Responses . To declare a major in Social Work, contact the Social Work Program Chair and request an application. As part of the admissions advisement process, the chair assists the applicant in clarifying aptitude and capability for pursuing a professional program in Social Work, and, if appropriate, assists in developing a program of study that meets the requirements for the major.
Transfer students, at the time of application for admission to the School, should meet with the Social Work Program Chair to make formal application to the program. The chair will explain the requirements of the program and will evaluate transcripts to determine which courses are acceptable for transfer. Social Work courses successfully completed with a grade of C or better in a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education are transferable.
In recognition of the value of Human Service study as a basis for the Social Work profession, the department has established articulation agreements with some local community colleges, including Westchester Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources. These agreements specify the courses which will be accepted in transfer and the requirements toward which they will be applied.
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