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BSW Degree Program

Make a difference with our bachelor of social work program.

Adelphi social work student smiles during a lectureFor more than 50 years, our respected bachelor’s degree in social work program has provided new generations of social workers with the knowledge, values and skills to make a difference in the lives of others. Our undergraduate social work curriculum offers a generalist perspective and prepares you to join the workforce immediately after graduation.  Our graduates who wish to specialize further are well prepared for Advanced Standing admission into our MSW program.

Our alumni can be found providing services to children and families, veterans, the elderly, the mentally ill and victims of violence, natural disasters or addictions. Others serve as community organizers, lobbyists, case managers and patient advocates. And some take the skills they learned in the School of Social Work to practice law, public policy or nonprofit management.

Take a look at what sets our BSW degree apart.

A close-knit community—Our small classes and supportive environment foster a close and nurturing relationship among students and faculty.

Innovative curriculumWhile grounded in a rich and vigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences, our bachelor’s in social work courses continue to evolve with the times. Case in point: At the request of our students we developed two new classes, The Science of Social Issues and Writing for the Helping Professions to Address Social Issues, These courses enable you to fulfill your general education requirements in the sciences and humanities, respectively, while learning skills that will make you an effective clinician and advocate for the clients and communities you will serve.

Hands-on service learningOur presence in the New York metropolitan area provides you with boundless opportunities to explore working with a broad array of clients and communities. Get involved from day one through our Social Work Action Gateway (SWAG). Apply for Philanthropic Action in Challenging Times (PACT). Then take your experience to the next level in field placements starting in your junior year.

Professional treatmentAs an undergraduate, you’re welcome to attend workshops offered by our Department of Continuing Education and Professional Development. Learn from renowned speakers as you get updated on the skills employers are looking for while networking with graduate students, social workers, psychologists and human services professionals.

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BSW Degree Requirements

Learn about our degree requirements for the social work major.

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The ANSWER Program

An option to attend evening classes at our Manhattan and Hauppauge Centers.

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Optional Concentration in Child and Family Studies

Specialized courses and field placements during your junior and senior years.

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Minor in Child and Family Studies

An interdisciplinary minor of 19 credits

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Field Education

Your professional skills are essential.

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Advanced MSW Standing

Earn your BSW and an MSW in five years of study.

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Social Work Action Gateway (SWAG)

Join a community of undergraduate students committed to making a difference.

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For further information, please contact:

School of Social Work
p – 516.877.4300

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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