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Social Work

The Social Work Program at The College of New Rochelle, offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and approved by the New York State Department of Education as a baccalaureate-level social work education program.

Upon completing the major, students are eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate schools of social work and, if accepted, may earn the M.S.W. degree in one year instead of the two years generally required.

Courses emphasize direct services with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities, and enable students to understand how social welfare services are organized and develop the skills to assist clients in obtaining the services they need.

The Social Work curriculum is built upon the liberal arts perspective of the School of Arts & Sciences, which emphasizes learning and ways of thinking about people within a societal context, enriches the student's understanding of the person-in-environment focus of social work practice, and provides the foundation for the Social Work major.

In recognition of the value of human service study as a basis for the Social Work Program, the department has established articulation agreements with some local community colleges. These agreements specify the courses which will be accepted in transfer and the requirements toward which they will be applied.

Requirements

Social Work Majors are required to complete the School of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum, 20-21 credits of required support courses in related disciplines, and 43 credits of professional foundation core courses (see lists below) which prepare students for direct services with client systems of various sizes and types.

The Social Work curriculum is built upon the liberal arts perspective of the School of Arts & Sciences which emphasizes learning and ways of thinking about people within a societal context, enriches the student's understanding of the person-in-environment focus of social work practice, and provides the foundation for the Social Work major.

Required Support Courses in Related Disciplines: 20-21 Credits

  • BIO 110 - Concepts in Biology 3 cr. or any other course in human biology
  • ECO 161 - Contemporary Economic Issues for Human Services Professionals 3 cr. or any introductory economics course
  • PSY 110 - General Psychology 3 cr.
  • SOC 100 - Introductory Sociology 3 cr.
  • A political science course (preferably related to American government)
  • A history course

One of the following three courses:

  • NUR 322 - Transcultural Nursing 2 cr.
  • SOC 210 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities 3 cr.
  • SOW 226 - Working with Families: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 cr.

Professional Foundation Core Courses - 43 Credits

  • SOW 220 - Social Science Research 3 cr.
  • SOW 311 - Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3 cr.
  • SOW 315Z - Foundations of Social Work Practice 3 cr.
  • SOW 318 - Human Behavior and Social Environment: Life Span Development 3 cr.
  • SOW 319 - Human Behavior and Social Environment: Diversity 3 cr.
  • SOW 325Z - Generalist Practice I 4 cr.
  • SOW 413Z - Social Welfare Policy 3 cr.
  • SOW 425Z - Generalist Practice II 3 cr.
  • SOW 426Z - Generalist Practice III 3 cr.
  • SOW 495Z - Field Instruction in Social Work I 6 cr.
  • SOW 496Z - Field Instruction in Social Work II 6 cr.
  • SOW 491Z - Senior Seminar 3 cr.

Minor

To fulfill the requirements of the minor, a student must complete 18 credits in Social Work, including:

One of the following:

  • SOW 110 - Social Needs/Societal Responses 3 cr.
  • SOW 201 - Community Sampler 3 cr.
  • SOW 311 - Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3 cr.

One of the following:

  • SOW 318 - Human Behavior and Social Environment: Life Span Development 3 cr
  • SOW 319 - Human Behavior and Social Environment: Diversity 3 cr.

And

  • SOW 220 - Social Science Research 3 cr.
  • SOW 315Z - Foundations of Social Work Practice 3 cr.
  • Six (6) additional social work credits

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Social work emphasizes the importance of "hands-on" supervised training experience as a major part of its educational programs.

Our field instruction program offers students placements that cover the depth and breadth of the field of social work, and like the field itself, the list of placements changes and expands regularly. Examples of general areas of social work practice and corresponding field placements where students have interned include:

Mental Health Placements

  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Mental health clinics
  • Residential treatment centers

General Medical Placements

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient medical clinics including family and pediatric care
  • HIV/AIDS services
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Substance Abuse Placements

  • Outpatient substance abuse clinics
  • Substance abuse prevention services
  • Substance abuse day treatment centers

Gerontology Placements

  • Senior centers
  • Adult day care centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Senior outreach case management and mental health services

School Placements

  • Preschool, day care, and Head Start programs
  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Special schools (special education for disabled and developmental delays)

Forensic Social Work and Related Placements

  • Probation Department including PINS (Person in Need of Supervision) diversion units, gang prevention units, and general probation units
  • Family Court units
  • Alternative to incarceration and juvenile detention facilities
  • Victim services
  • Domestic violence services

Community Services

  • Services for housing and homeless
  • Immigrant services
  • Information and referral services
  • Local legislative offices

Family Services / Child Welfare

  • Department of Social Services
  • Shelters
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Senior abuse or neglect

Children or Youth Placement

  • Youth centers
  • Foster care or adoption

In the senior year of field placement, efforts are made to match students with their population of interest.