Director: Claudia L. Moreno
Location: Casey Hall Room 104 
Phone: (845) 848-4078 
Fax: (845) 359-7801

About the Program

If you are interested in helping people, social justice and/or community action, you can acquire the basic skills and knowledge through our BSW program. This degree leads to generalist social work practice in a social agency or institution and allows for eligibility into the second year of a MSW program (referred to as advanced standing). 

The program is designed to provide the student with insights about the biopsychosocial development of individuals as well as global knowledge including social justice, economic equality, and cultural awareness. The program is concerned with the needs of the vulnerable and those who are in a powerless position in society. We call on the “strengths perspective and empowerment” theory in order to consider the needs of the underclass.  Major theories, skills and self-awareness are incorporated into our program to provide our students with a rich foundation in the field of social work. 

The three items that the program is designed to do are:

  1. Preparing students to qualify as beginning-level generalist social work professionals.
  2. Promoting an environment which honors diversity and advances social justice.
  3. Providing the foundation for an appreciation of lifelong learning and advancement in graduate level social work education.


The Major in Social Work  

Students pursuing a Bachelors of Social Work will need 45 credits in the Social Work Professional core and a concentration of 18 credits in one of the social sciences as well as nine credits in two of the other social sciences: Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, History, Criminal Justice, and Economics.


The Social Work Program is fully accredited at the undergraduate level by The Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.), 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria VA 22314-3421.

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