Social Work

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Concordia students of Social Work become involved in a way of life that directly touches the lives of others. This CSWE accredited program is thorough and demanding, but meaningful, including a liberal arts core plus course work in psychology, sociology, human behavior, and the social services.  Classroom studies take on personal meaning when applied to a full array of fieldwork experiences, working with children, families, the elderly, and the physically and mentally disabled. The Social Work program is part of the Division of Health and Human Services.

Every social work student has an opportunity to put in 500 hours in supervised social work settings. We view the world as our classroom—studying with social work professionals in Washington, D.C., Manhattan, New York State, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. In addition, students gain invaluable experience by attending and presenting at social work conferences. Consider these other great reasons to earn your social work degree at Concordia:

  • Graduates from our CSWE accredited program may complete their master’s in social work in one year at any school that accepts advanced standing.
     
  • For more information on the Social Work Program's Assessment self-study, please view the outcomes findings here:  CSWE AS4 Assessment Outcomes
     
  • The New York State Social Work Education Association has recognized the incredible caliber of our students by electing three students over the past six years as student of the year! This is from among about 30 undergraduate programs across the state.

Social Work Program Courses

Social work is a four-year baccalaureate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Courses include:

  • Foundations of Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Processes
  • Social Welfare as a Social Institution
  • Violence in the Family
  • Social Policy
  • Research Methodology
  • Human Behavior & the Social Environment
  • Working with Special Populations
  • Composing Case Notes
  • Field Education
  • Social Problems
  • Services to Families and Children
  • Online elective courses

Social Work Faculty

Jennifer Pinto
Social Work Program Chair

LCSW, M.S.W., Fordham University; B.S., Concordia College-New York

Joan Roper Adams
Associate Professor of Social Work

Ph.D. candidate, Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work; M.S.W., B.S., Howard University

Sherry J. Fraser
Dean of the College and Professor of Social Work

Ed D candidate, St. John's Fisher College; M.S.W., Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle; B.S.W., Valparaiso University

Social Work Internships

Students are required to invest in 100 hours of internship in the second semester of their junior year and 200 hours each semester in their senior year. Agencies that have sponsored social work interns are:

  • White Plains Hospital
  • Westhab Shelters
  • Andrus Children’s Hospital
  • White Plains Youth Bureau
  • Atlantic District Office
  • Westchester Family Services
  • Mount Vernon Schools
  • My Sister’s Place
  • Chapel School
  • Wartburg Adult Care Community

Social Work Career Paths

  • Child welfare worker
  • Hospital administrator
  • Medical social worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Community service agency director
  • Family therapist
  • Youth counselor
  • Nonprofit agency administrator
  • School social worker
  • Family life minister
  • Case manager
  • Policy expert