Our social work majors are trained to be professionally responsible, beginning generalist practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to intervene on behalf of diverse groups. Graduates may be able to earn a Master's degree in Social Work MSW within one (1) year. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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, and school-based supports.

Social Work Program Highlights

Professional social workers are the nation’s largest providers of mental health services and are often the only mental health care providers serving residents in economically and socially disadvantaged communities. Daemen's social work program’s principal educational objective is to prepare students for careers in the many fields of social work and/or for advanced education at the graduate level.

The curriculum is carefully sequenced around a professional foundation that includes content on the following:

  • Social work values and ethics
  • Diversity, social, and economic justice
  • Populations-at-risk
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Social welfare policy and services
  • Social work research and practice
  • A field practicum

Program Features

The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the baccalaureate level.

  • 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.
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Did you Know?

  • 100% of recent BASW graduates stated they received the support they needed to succeed academically.
  • 100% of recent BASW graduates indicated that they felt a sense of belonging and community in the program.
  • 100% of recent BASW graduates felt prepared to work with diverse populations and solve complex problems.
  • 100% of recent BASW graduates found their field education experiences enabled them to grow as a social work professional.
  • 85% of recent BASW graduates were employed or accepted into graduate school before graduation.
  • 100% of recent BASW graduates would choose Daemen if they had to start over again.

About Our BASW Program

Social Work Alliance
Social Work Alliance

The Social Work Alliance (SWA) is an undergraduate student-run club that combines awareness raising, voluntarism, and leadership development activities. READ MORE

Jade McKnight

Social Work

Jade McKnight

I chose Social Work because at some point in life, everyone needs help. I have an interest in working with the addiction population because I have witnessed family members, friends, and acquaintances struggle with various addictions. READ MORE

Jade Clark-Rivers

Social Work

Jade Clark-Rivers

Daemen helps you learn how to work with people from different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures. The campus is small and extremely diverse. You definitely make close-knit friendships at this school. I would not trade my Daemen experience for anything.

Social work student
Social Work Degrees: Versatile and In-demand

The need for social workers continues to increase with 16% job growth expected between 2016 and 2026 according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics.

For more information, contact the Social Work Department at 716-839-8515.