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.
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.