Whether you’re interested in working with children and families, veterans, older adults, individuals with special needs, immigrants, community organization, or running for political office, or just working better with your future team, you’ll benefit from a social work degree. In fact, if you want to help people, social work needs you! 

Social workers are advocates for social justice and are needed now more than ever to advocate for human rights and socio-emotional, economic and environmental justice for all. 

When you choose Dominican College’s nationally accredited social work degree, you’ll be exposed to contemporary social issues through exciting and engaging activities that include travel to professional conferences, participation in Legislative Education and Advocacy Day in Albany, NY, and conducting advocacy-based research studies for local agencies. 

And, unlike many large programs, our small class sizes also enable us to help you more rapidly develop critical hard and soft skills through student-centered teaching approaches, to stand out from the crowd when it comes time to securing your dream job.

To supplement your classroom and field education, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Join our chapter of the Phi Alpha honor society which provides “a closer bond among students of social work” and “promotes humanitarian goals and ideals”.
  •  Join the Dominican College Social Work Club, which is designed to promote awareness of the social work profession, perform community service, and raise awareness about social welfare issues taking place locally, nationally and internationally. 

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A specialized education to help you strive for a socially just world

The highest levels of personal support

Staff who are committed to your success

The finest small-college athletic program in the region

A spirited campus environment

Close proximity to New York City and three major airports

The Dominican Difference

It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter what sport you play, or what club you’re in, everyone in this school is a family and we all love to live together and be a part of this campus.

Jonathan Brown ’14

Over 15,000

Full-time Faculty

Miles from NYC

100% of first-time,
full-time freshman receive financial aid

Job Opportunities

Some of the students in our social work program, which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, move into rewarding and successful careers in various areas of generalist practice at the baccalaureate (BSW) level after being awarded their social work degree.

Approximately 75% of our graduates each year go on to pursue a master’s degree in social work (MSW) — the majority with an advanced standing placement that enables them to begin their MSW as a second-year student.

Whether you think you’ll want a job straight out of college or are thinking about further study, here are the kinds of jobs you might pursue:

  • Case Management Aide
  • Caseworker
  • Family Service Worker
  • Habilitation Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Veteran’s Affairs Social Worker
  • Residential Case Manager
  • Activity/Workshop Director
  • Professor of Social Work
  • Social science researcher
  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Community Service Manager
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Probation officer
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Therapist
  • Social Work Administrator
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor
  • Social Work Policy Analyst
  • Social Work Planner
  • Executive Director of a nonprofit organization
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • School Social Worker

What You’ll Learn

By the time you complete our social work degree, you’ll have developed profound insights into the biopsychosocial development of individuals as well as social factors that affect cultures and communities including social justice, economic equality, and cultural awareness.  Major theories, skills and self-awareness are incorporated into our program to provide you with a rich foundation in the field of social work. Our curriculum will provide you with a foundation in the liberal arts, a core of knowledge from the social and behavioral sciences, and the special body of knowledge that forms the base of professional generalist social work practice.

Whether you minor or major in social work, our program will:

  •  Prepare you to qualify as a beginning-level generalist social work professional
  •  Help you promote an environment which honors diversity and advances social justice
  •  Help you develop an appreciation of lifelong learning
  •  Prepare you for advancement in graduate-level social work education

Degree Details


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Course structure

You’ll graduate our social work degree with 126 credits of study which will include your choice of liberal arts courses (60 credits) and 36 credits-worth of social sciences courses comprising:

  •  Core and elective units from your chosen primary social science concentration (18 credits)
  • Nine semester hours in each of two supporting areas elected out of the remaining social sciences

We also require/recommend the following content areas in the humanities and social sciences as foundations for your social work training:

  •  American History
  •  Introduction to Physiology (required)
  •  English (Writing Placement Examination required of all students)
  •  Foreign Language
  •  General Psychology II (prerequisite for SW 451)
  •  Introduction to Sociology (prerequisite for SW 451)
  •  Speech
  •  Political Science
  •  Statistics
  •  MA113 OR Introduction to Critical Thinking OR Logic is required (Math Placement Examination required for all students)


To complete a Bachelor of Social Work at Dominican College, you’ll need to develop a primary specialization in one of the following ‘areas of emphasis’ and secondary specializations in at least two of them:

  •  Sociology
  •  Political science
  •  History
  •  Economics
  •  Criminal justice
  •  Psychology
  •  Child welfare
  •  Gender studies

CSWE Accreditation

The Dominican College Bachelor of Social Work degree program is accredited at the undergraduate level by The Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.), located at1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314-3421

Department Staff

Professor Bonni Raab, LCSW, DCSW

Professor Bonni Raab, LCSW, DCSW

Director of Social Work Field Education

Dr. Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle, Ph.D., MSW

Director of Social Work Program and Assistant Professor

Dr. Melody L. Hyppolite, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Melody L. Hyppolite, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor

Professor William Goldberg, BA, MSW

Professor William Goldberg, BA, MSW

Adjunct Professor of Social Work

Dr. Sandra Countee, BS (OT), MPA, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra Countee, BS (OT), MPA, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Social Work

Professor Katrina Roberts, BSW, MSW

Adjunct Professor of Social Work

Maureen Aitchison, BA (English)

Maureen Aitchison, BA (English)

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