Are you interested in entering a field that allows you the opportunity to change the world around you while making a positive difference in the lives of others? If your answer is YES, then the Adelphi University Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program welcomes the opportunity of preparing you for generalist social work practice in the complex and varied social welfare and human services fields.
The B.S.W. program provides you with a unique educational experience that integrates the rich history of social work education at AU (with over half a century of service), with the values of the social work profession, including the nuance of social issues faced by social work professionals. Our innovation in curriculum will provide you with a skillset affording you the versatility aimed at making you competitive and marketable.
Grounded in a rich and vigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences, the undergraduate social work curriculum provides you with the professional knowledge, values and skills needed to begin all careers in social work. Beginning as early as your freshman year (sophomore/junior year as a transfer student), you will benefit from our small classes and a supportive environment that fosters a close and nurturing relationship among students and faculty.
At the School of Social Work you’ll take innovative courses that are unique to Adelphi. Our courses include traditional social work courses that have evolved through the history of our program, while also offering courses addressing contemporary issues in the profession. Whether it is learning the complexity of physiological and biological concepts and their connection to social work through our Science of Social Issues course, or learning how to write a grant, a press release, or court reports through our Communicating in the Helping Profession course; you will learn skills that will make you an effective advocate for the clients and communities you will serve.
Whether you are interested in pursuing a future in government, schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, private practice, or a number of other settings where social work professionals can be found; we strengthen the broad generalist perspective by providing you with enhanced meaningful opportunities to merge the theory learned in class with practice in the field.
We offer a unique experience through our extraordinary hands-on service learning opportunities that undoubtedly redefine undergraduate social work education. As an undergraduate student, we begin treating you as a colleague and professional, not just a student. Our undergraduates are learning professionals who attend continuing education workshops alongside graduate students, social workers, psychologists and human services professionals, giving you the opportunity to network, learn about trends and get updated on the most current skills sought by employers. Combined with extracurricular activities through our student organization, our Philanthropic Action in Challenging Times (PACT) initiative, and fieldwork experience starting in your junior year, you’ll gain an all-inclusive education, making you ready for the workforce immediately after graduation or, for those graduates who wish to specialize further, Advanced Standing admission into our M.S.W. program.
The AU School of Social Work B.S.W. program prepares you to be the exceptional social work professional.
B.S.W. students are valued members of our professional community. As soon as they enter the B.S.W. program, they are invited and encouraged to attend continuing education events where they network with future colleagues and employers, while learning from the finest experts in the field.
As an undergraduate student you would be afforded the opportunity to sit alongside recent graduates and advanced-level clinicians or managers who are looking to refine their skills or stay abreast of current trends in the social work profession. Students are given the opportunity to earn certifications, and advance their skills within fields such as trauma, addictions, school based social work, theory or policy with concerns within the social work profession and mental health. We are committed to providing our undergraduate students with the know-how that will make them sought-after professionals.
While costs to professionals and alumni may be costly, we provide this opportunity to our undergraduate students at minimal costs meant to cover materials and their food for the day.
You may declare social work as your major during your freshman or sophomore year, or when transferring from another college. A formal application process for admission to the major is required of all students, and must be processed by the undergraduate social work program office, located in the School of Social Work. If enrolled in the University, you should apply prior to your junior year. Transfer students must first apply for admission to Adelphi University, listing your interest in the School of Social Work. Courses in the social work curriculum are generally taken beginning in the junior year, and are one part of a cluster of required courses that lead to the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.).
To earn a B.S.W., you are required to complete 120 credits, meeting the following credit requirements:
This track of study enables transfer students with at least 60 credits to begin program requirements in the spring semester. These students have the option to accelerate the completion of their bachelor degrees by taking coursework in both the spring and summer semesters. As a result, these select transfer students can complete all degree requirements in an expedited 16 month time frame – all while working alongsideknowledgeable advisers to aid in the selection and timing of courses.
Optional Concentration in Child and Family Studies
A concentration adds unique courses
Minor in Child and Family Studies
Focus your work on family welfare
The ANSWER Program
Our evening program is convenient.
Advanced M.S.W. Standing
Get a jump-start
Social Work Action Gateway
Learn about our student undergraduate organization.
Your professional skills are essential.