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 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.

Highlights for freshmen

  • 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.
  • Social work students can study abroad for a semester or choose a short-term trip with a group through a service-learning course, such as to Jamaica or to India.

Highlights for transfer and adult students

  • Flexibility: You can choose from daytime, evening, and online courses, and you have the option of summer courses. You can attend part-time or full-time.
  • Timing: If you have an associate's degree and start in January, you can complete a bachelor's degree by attending the spring, summer, fall, and spring terms. Or you can start in August and complete the bachelor's degree in two years with no summer courses.
  • Incorporate your own job: If you're working in the social work field, your junior year placement can be at your current job, and your senior year placement will require fewer hours than for students who are not employed in the field.

Program Options

Sample Courses

Contact Information

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Associate Professor in Social Work
585-389-2755
lcharle8@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 363A
Bio

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.

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Audrey Lawrence, social work alumna

Audrey Lawrence '14

“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.

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 

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