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Social Work

Bachelor of Science


Nazareth University 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.


First-year students
  • Nazareth offers more extensive practicum opportunities than other colleges and universities, 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.
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.

Child Life Specialist Track

If you want to work with children and families experiencing stress and/or trauma relating to illness and injury, you can choose the child life specialist track to complete the academic requirements for Child Life Specialist certification. 

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What social workers do

    Program Details

    Degree: Bachelor of Science

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    4+1 Option

    A fast-track option enables you to go directly into Nazareth's accredited M.S.W. degree program: Complete your MSW at Nazareth in one additional year of full-time study. (Part-time MSW options are also available.)

    CASAC 350-hour certificate

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

    Fully immersed

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    Get hands-on experience in schools, hospitals, and government/community agencies

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    Get certified to work with children/families and in substance abuse prevention

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    Study abroad in South America, Europe, or Asia

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    Go directly into Nazareth's social work master's program with the 4+1 option

    Example internships/field experiences

    • Rochester Regional Health
    • Strong Memorial Hospital
    • Schools throughout Monroe and surrounding counties
    • Monroe County Office of Probation, Monroe County courts
    • Center For Youth


    Unique to Nazareth, our SPARK Grant provides $1,500 for you to pursue internships, research, and study abroad, plus up to $2,500 in a tuition scholarship for summer SPARK-eligible experiences that earn credit. SPARK stories »

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    Your life's work

    Jobs are expected to grow 12% from 2020-2030, faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median annual pay for social workers in 2020: $51,760.


    • Child welfare
    • School social work
    • Child life specialist
    • Social work in health care, nursing home and hospice settings
    • Substance abuse treatment
    • Mental health counseling
    • Policy analysis and advocacy
    • Service coordination
    • Community organizing
    • International social work


    • Rochester Regional Health
    • Hillside Family of Agencies
    • Monroe County Department of Human Services
    • Monroe County school districts
    • Strong/University of Rochester Medical Center
    Denise Hynson, alumna of the social work major, bachelor's degree program at Nazareth College NY

    Alumni Spotlight

    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, 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.