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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work?

Helping people is your passion. You go above and beyond for your family, friends and even strangers – often putting other people’s needs in front of your own. If you’re a community-minded individual with an altruistic drive, then consider an education at The College of Saint Rose. Not only do we have a top Social Work program aimed at preparing you for a rewarding career, but the college’s mission is also deeply rooted in community service, social justice and wellness with outreach opportunities that reflect these core values.

Social Work is both challenging and rewarding — our program is no exception. Upon acceptance to the college, students are also required to apply for admission to the Social Work major. Our program includes diverse coursework in political science, sociology, and biology as well as opportunities to work with real people in a variety of settings. Once you complete your undergraduate degree, you’ll gain advanced standing at The College of Saint Rose or another higher education institute offering a Master of Science in Social Work degree, meaning you automatically complete the first year of your MSW coursework.

Graduates have gone on to accept positions at schools, residential treatment centers, mental health treatment agencies, substance abuse and alcohol treatment clinics, probation offices, long-term care facilities, and children and family services.

Program Highlights

  • Gain advanced standing at Saint Rose or any university or college offering an MSW degree as we are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Prepare for an entry-level professional Social Work position through rigorous coursework and agency field work.
  • Gain the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue graduate study degrees in Social Work or related fields such as Counseling, Community Psychology or Law.
  • Cultivate real-world experience by working with clients at schools, hospitals, residential treatment centers, children and family services and more.
  • Join a prestigious network of alumni who have gone on to pursue master’s degrees in social work, sociology, counseling, community psychology, political science, and educational psychology and have successfully attended law schools.
  • 100% of our graduates who seek employment find social work jobs within weeks of graduation.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted any time after the first semester of your first year, but no later than the semester prior to taking SWK 378. Acceptance requires that the student must have a cumulative average of 2.3 at either the college or the community college from which the applicant has transferred; likewise, in order to be accepted into SWK 378 (pre-field), a student must have achieved a cumulative average of 2.3 overall and 2.3 in the major with a grade of “C” or higher in every course with an SOC or SWK prefix required of the major. Students may review “Admissions Policies for the Major in Social Work” for procedures.

Course Requirements, Faculty, and Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities