Social Work is one of the fastest growing professions in the country due to an increasing need for health and aging-related services as well as child, family, school, and court-based supports. Students who choose Social Work as their undergraduate degree program are prepared to be professionally responsible beginning generalist practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to intervene on behalf of diverse groups.
Through the integration of classroom instruction, community-based learning opportunities, and extracurricular activities, students are prepared for leadership in the community and in the profession. Graduates work in many different positions including court advocate, mental health therapist, probation parole officer, child welfare worker, service coordinator, school social worker, addictions counselor, and much more. Earning a degree in Social Work will also prepare you to work in a variety of settings including schools, health clinics, hospitals, courts, care facilities, and non-profit organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.
Why Social Work @ Daemen?
There are a number of important reasons to choose Social Work at Daemen College.
- Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) which means that it focuses on helping students develop core competencies and practice behaviors necessary for the social work profession.
- Student learning emphasizes critical thinking, understanding of human behavior and diversity, use of research, and advocacy for social and economic justice.
- Small class sizes help facilitate enhanced interaction with faculty dedicated to teaching excellence and community engagement.
- Personal attention and one-on-one advisement regarding coursework and career opportunities is a hallmark of the program.
- Graduates may be able to earn a Master's degree in Social Work within one (1) year through Advanced Standing opportunities.
Gain Real World Experience
Daemen College Social Work Majors gain real world experience by:
- Participating in a two semester internship (approximately 15 hours per week) in their senior year where they work directly with social work clients and/or in the community under professional supervision.
- Learning by doing though various service learning opportunities including work with refugees and their families, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and children living in communities of poverty.
- Engaging with individuals in the social work field through professional development seminars, networking sessions, and participation in social work conferences and committees.
- Connecting with their classmates through the Social Work Alliance (SWA), a club that combines awareness raising, voluntarism, and leadership development activities.
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