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 percent 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 social work majors with 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. social work degree program in collaboration with the State University of New York College at Brockport. Students who complete a bachelor's degree in social work may apply for advanced standing and complete the M.S.W. degree in just one year, rather than two years.
Each fall, social work 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.
Undergraduate social work 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.
Education: B.A., Cornell University, M.S.W., SUNY at Albany, and Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University.
Teaching and Research Interests: Welfare reform, child and family issues, poverty, and social policy.
“I have always wanted to help people. Nazareth College taught me how to do that professionally through the excellent combination of phenomenal faculty, academics, research, and direct experience, including my internships at Gilda’s Club cancer support program and Volunteers of America’s Step by Step outreach efforts,” said Audrey Lawrence ’14. She went on for a master’s degree in social work and was hired as program director at the 14-county Alzheimer's Association: Central New York.
Jobs in social work 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.