Chair: Dr. Mark Lynch
Established at Saint Francis University in 1974, the Social Work major provides a general education as well as career preparation.
The primary educational objective of the Social Work Program is to prepare its students with the competency, practice skills, ethics and knowledge base for entry into generalist social work practice at the beginning professional level. Further, the program seeks to assist students in understanding social welfare as a system of social institutions that has been developed to meet human needs. Based on a strong foundation of courses in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, math, and the humanities, the social work curriculum is conceived as a broad orientation to the human and helping services which will enable the student to: seek employment in the field of social work upon graduation; continue one’s education on the graduate level in social work; the behavioral sciences or one of the numerous areas of human services; and/or support social and economic justice through service and citizenship participation.
There are opportunities for employment in such areas as individual therapy, group therapy, community organization, family counseling, foster care and adoption services, child welfare, public welfare, hospital and home nursing social services, mental health and mental retardation programs, programs for the elderly, school social work, drug and alcohol programs, and community action programs. Some students choose to go to law school at one of the many JD/MSW programs offered and work as lawyers and advocates. In addition, some students are involved in community organization and advocacy work. Many graduates have become administrators.
Social Work Minor
The minor in Social Work is useful to students in any major or career that involves interpersonal interactions including education, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, political science, other social sciences, health science, and business. The courses are designed to provide a base level of the theory, knowledge, and skills required in the many professions. Because practice in social work requires a bachelor degree from an accredited BSW program, the minor does not prepare students for social work practice but can serve as an introduction to the discipline for students who later decide to complete a major or second major in social work.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceNon-Degree