College of Arts & Sciences
Overview

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work offers a program in Social Work leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, typically referred to in the profession as the "B.S.W." The program prepares students for entry-level generalist professional practice and qualifies graduates for New Jersey State certification. In addition, graduate programs in social work usually offer waiver of courses and advanced standing status to program graduates who are accepted for MSW education. The program also provides general preparation for graduate study in law, public administration and international affairs.

Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program at Seton Hall University provides eligibility to be certified to practice generalist social work in New Jersey (C.S.W.); prepares students for professional service-delivery in a broad array of employment settings; can qualify them for admission to graduate schools with advanced standing, reducing the usual two-year program of study for the Master of Social Work degree to one year as a general rule; and introduces options for graduate-level education in other disciplines, such as law, healthcare management, public administration and international relations. Students who have achieved academic excellence are invited to become members of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society.

The social work curriculum is built on the Seton Hall liberal arts base and the social work professional foundation of values and ethics, diversity, populations-at-risk, social and economic justice, social policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, research, practice methodology and the social work practicum (junior and senior field education). Learning objectives prominently feature social justice, the alleviation of poverty and oppression, and the development of leadership in the human and social services. Students regularly contribute to the improvement of the curriculum through individual feedback and our student association. A minor in social work is also available.

Students must demonstrate high-level performance in the 10 major competencies of the program as promulgated by the Council on Social Work Education (EPAS 2008), articulating the knowledge, values and skills needed to communicate effectively with individuals, families, groups and communities; awareness of resources; outcomes assessment; and professional imagination.

To talk to a faculty adviser, contact Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D., at matthew.corrigan@shu.edu or (973) 761-9028. Web site: Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

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