Keith Alford, Director, 315-443-5562
244 White Hall
Bette Brown Thoreck, Undergraduate Program Director, 315-443-5550
244 White Hall
Keith A. Alford, Maria Brown, Kendra DeLoach, Paul Caldwell, Kenneth N. Corvo, Alejandro Garcia, Eric Kingson, Karen E. Kirkhart, Tracey Musarra Marchese, Deborah J. Monahan, Nancy R. Mudrick, Carrie Jefferson Smith, Yvonne Smith, Matthew Spitzmueller, Bette Brown Thoreck
Director of Field Instruction Tracy Walker, 315-443-5565, 244 White Hall
Social Work, BS
The undergraduate professional social work program offers a bachelor of science degree. The goals of this program, in order of priority, are as follows:
To prepare undergraduate students for competent and effective generalist professional practice by developing the requisite social work knowledge, values, and skills, and
To prepare undergraduate students for continuing professional education and/or graduate education.
The social work program is based on the concept of ecological systems, which maintains that the fundamental focus of social work practice is on the transactions of people and their environments, and on the constant state of reciprocity in which each shapes the other. Social work intervention aims to promote the progressive forces and minimize the regressive forces in those transactions. The curriculum incorporates instruction in five professional foundation areas: social welfare policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, research, social work practice, and field practicum. Instruction in these areas builds upon a carefully chosen and strong liberal arts preparation in the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences taken within the College of Arts and Sciences .
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Social Welfare Minor
Students pursuing minors in other areas of study may choose a social welfare minor. The minor program requires the completion of 18 credits. To declare a minor, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and submit a Declaration of Minor form to the social welfare minor program or the director of the baccalaureate social work program, their faculty advisors, and the dean’s office of their home colleges. A limit of 3 transfer credits may be applied with permission.
Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor
The interdisciplinary minor in gerontology provides an opportunity for students to focus academic work on the older population. It requires the completion of 18 credits, 12 of them above the 300 level. To be admitted to the program, students submit a Declaration of Minor form to their faculty advisor, the gerontology minor coordinator, and their home college dean’s office.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceMinor