Social Work

Concordia Social Work students become involved in a way of life that directly touches the lives of others. Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

We offer a thorough and demanding, but meaningful program, including a liberal arts core plus course work in psychology, sociology, human behavior, and 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.

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.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.*

Sample Social Work Program Courses

Social work is a four-year baccalaureate program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Course examples 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 Social Problems
Services to Families and Children Field Experience

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

Social Work Faculty

Jennifer Pinto
Social Work Program Chair

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

Joan Roper Adams
Professor of Social Work

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

Dr. Sherry J. Fraser

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