Why Choose Nazareth for Social Work?

Nazareth College has a long-standing legacy of excellence in social work education. Because of this, graduates are highly sought-after by local employers. 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. Field experience opportunities are more extensive than in other programs. Placements occur during the junior and senior years, include both local and global service options, and are available in settings ranging from schools and hospitals to government and community-based grassroots agencies. 

Nazareth's social work degree program is flexible, including part- and full-time student enrollment options and evening, online, and summer course offerings. The part-time undergraduate evening program for students with an associate’s degree or equivalent can be completed in three years. Study abroad experiences, including short-term options, are available for students.

Program Highlights

  • Outcomes are excellent: nearly 100 percent of all Nazareth social work majors are employed, committed to an experience such as the Peace Corps, Americorps, or accepted by a graduate program when they graduate.
  • 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 College at Brockport. Students may apply for advanced standing and complete the M.S.W. degree in one year.

Program Options

Typical Class Schedule

Program Information

Contact Information

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Associate Professor in Social Work
Smyth Hall 363A
Kathleen Auberger, alum of the social work degree program, social work major at Nazareth College, NY

Alumni Spotlight: Kathleen Auberger ’83

Social worker, Unity Health System

“Since leaving Nazareth, I obtained a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. For the past 22 years I’ve been a professional social worker at Unity Health System, Department of Behavioral Health. I truly believe that the core values and ethics learned at Nazareth were instrumental in allowing me to achieve the current level of leadership that I hold."

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 

Graduate Schools/Employers

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