Why Choose Nazareth for Social Work?

Nazareth College has a long legacy of excellence in social work education. Because of this, graduates are sought after by local employers. At graduation, nearly 100% of Nazareth social work majors are employed, committed to an experience such as the Peace Corps, Americorps, or accepted by a graduate program.

The program provides hands-on experiential learning as well as the knowledge, values, and skills needed for all areas of social work. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the division of Professional Education, New York State Education Department.

Nazareth also offers an accredited M.S.W. degree program. Students who complete our bachelor's degree may apply for advanced standing and complete the master's degree in just one year, rather than two years.

Each fall, students and faculty help plan, coordinate, and volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, a massive day-long effort to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Nazareth's undergraduate research methods course students are responsible for the event’s data collection and improvement efforts.

Highlights for first-year students

  • Nazareth offers more extensive field experience opportunities than other colleges, emphasizing hands-on experiences both junior and senior year. Placements are available in settings ranging from schools and hospitals to government and community-based grassroots agencies. 
  • Credit-bearing social work courses include local and global service opportunities.
  • Study abroad for a semester or choose a short-term trip with a group through a service-learning course or cultural immersion course, such as to Jamaica, India, or Finland.

Highlights for transfer and adult students

  • Flexibility: Choose from daytime, evening, and online courses. You can attend part-time or full-time.
  • Timing: Students with an associate's degree can start in August and complete the bachelor's degree in two years with no summer courses.
  • Incorporate your own job: If you are working in the social work field, the program offers flexibility in field placements. Junior year placements can be at your place of employment, and senior year placements offer a combination of employment and field placement hours.

CASAC 350-hour certificate

Undergraduate majors who complete a Nazareth specialization in substance abuse prevention and treatment fulfill the educational requirements for New York state Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification.   

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Social Work at Nazareth College

    Denise Hynson, alumna of the social work major, bachelor's degree program at Nazareth College NY

    DENISE HYNSON '11, '14G

    "One of the many things I believe makes Nazareth's social work programs amazing is the faculty have current lived experiences that they can share with the students that are relevant to today's world."

    Denise Hynson, a licensed clinical social worker, is a social worker at Villa of Hope and a therapist at Tree of Hope Counseling who strives to support people to heal from various forms of trauma.

    Example Careers

    • Counseling
    • Education or advocacy
    • School social work
    • Community organization
    • Social work in health care settings
    • Agency administration
    • International social work
    • Mental health
    • Policy analysis
    • Service coordination

    Internships/Field Experiences

    • Catholic Family Center
    • Monroe County Office of Probation
    • Planned Parenthood
    • Jewish Family Service
    • YWCA Young Parent Support Services
    • Gilda’s Club
    • Strong Memorial Hospital
    • American Red Cross
    • Mary Cariola Children’s Center
    • Urban League of Rochester 


    • Hillside Family of Agencies
    • Monroe County Department of Human Services
    • Community Place of Greater Rochester
    • Stepping Stones Learning Center
    • University of Rochester Medical Center

    Jobs are expected to grow 19% from 2012 to 2022, faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


    Student competency evaluations by senior field instructors and by graduating students are consistently above the program benchmarks. See the latest assessment data.

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