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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Social Work

Social workers provide 60% of all mental health services, and Seton Hall University has one of the best social work programs in New Jersey. Learn from world-class academics, gain valuable hands-on experience and be a part of a competitive Social Work program that has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Gain Extensive Field Experience
All of our Social Work students graduate with a year and a half of internship experience and connections to organizations such as the Department of Children and Families, state senators, the Department of Human Services, hospitals, schools, non-profits and community outreach organizations. There are also plenty of opportunities to participate in research projects as early as freshman year, such as those focusing on drug addiction, mental health disorders and public policy.

Seton Hall is a partner in the Baccalaureate Child Welfare Educational Program (BCWEP), which allows our students to intern with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), receive tuition remission during their senior year and obtain a full-time job after graduation.

Extensive field experiences are the reason why many of our students receive job offers before graduation and why 100% of students who apply to graduate school are accepted. Many of our students have gone on to attend prestigious universities such as Columbia University, the University of Michigan, New York University and Rutgers.

Build Solid Credentials 
You can obtain an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Gerontology or a Certificate in Social Work Policy and Justice. Social work majors can also pursue second majors or minors in psychology, criminal justice and other allied fields.

Seton Hall Social Work students can earn an undergraduate social work degree at Seton Hall and a graduate social work degree (MSW) from any accredited program in just five years through advanced standing status, which allows students to apply their final year of undergraduate study toward a master's degree.

Achieve More, Sooner: Accelerated Degree Paths at Seton Hall

Are you passionate about public policy or forensic practice? Our 3+3 program lets you earn both your B.S.W. and a law degree in just six years.

Or, through our 3+3+1 curriculum, you can earn both  undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work, plus a law degree.

And, for those aspiring to make a difference in public administration, our five-year, 3+2 program enables you to earn a B.S.W. and a Master of Public Administration. 

If you want to learn more about the Social Work undergraduate major and minor programs, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Dawn Apgar, at [email protected].

Council on Social Work Education

College Facts

  • 2.8K Undergraduate Enrollment
  • 6:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • 100 % Employment Rate
  • 100 % Graduate School Acceptance Rate
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Social Work Servant Leader

Thomas Cadmus serves on two committee boards for the National Association of Social Workers and volunteers at the Daughters of Miriam Center.

Sierra Spriggs

"I knew I made the right decision to transfer to Seton Hall when the faculty encouraged excellence beyond the classroom. From events on campus to workshops at other universities, the program has always encouraged me to be a leader who learns new ways to engage and work with diverse populations."

Sierra Spriggs, Social Work major


Our program combines a liberal arts base with a foundation in social work’s values and ethics. You’ll learn about social justice, poverty and oppression, and how to lead in the human and social services — and we’re always looking to enhance our curriculum through student feedback. After learning theory and research methodology, you’ll put your knowledge into practice through fieldwork. Our internships are guided learning experiences and include assignments in child welfare agencies, community action programs, criminal justice and corrections programs, healthcare facilities and many other settings. The BSW Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

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Faculty Listing

Our social work faculty members have vast experience both as academics and as practitioners in the field. In addition to frequent conference presentations and article publications in the most prestigious journals in the field, the faculty have decades of teaching experience with universities and government associations, including the Department of Children and Families and the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women. Faculty members are also experienced professionals in the fields of psychotherapy, addiction counseling and child welfare.

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Dawn Apgar
Associate Professor of Social Work
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Mary Landriau
Social Work B.A. Program Faculty Associate, Field Director
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Anthony Nicotera
Assistant Professor of Social Work
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Jared Israel Best
Assistant Professor
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