The B.S. degree in social work requires extensive supervised practicum experience. The social work faculty partner with Rochester-area health and human service agencies to acquaint students with the diverse opportunities existing in the social work career.
Students are required to receive a minimum grade of ‘C’ in all required SWK courses, and must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to continue in the major.
Core Curriculum Requirements
All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures for specific core curriculum requirements.
Required Courses for Social Work - Major
Students are required to receive a minimum grade of ‘C’ in all required SWK courses.
Additional Requirements Social Work majors are required to complete the following courses. Some of these courses fulfill the college’s liberal studies core requirements at the same time that they meet Social Work major requirements.
Senior Integrative Seminar (SWK*452), together with the senior practicum (SWK*484), strengthen the integration of theory and practice by emphasizing the linkages between the liberal arts and all components of the social work curriculum and practice. The Senior Integrative Seminar and senior practicum further sharpen the student’s ability to question and to think critically; to explore personal, professional and cultural values as well as ethical issues; to prepare for productive contributions to the profession and society; and to engage in life-long learning. SWK*452 incorporates the senior electronic portfolio. The portfolio assesses the student in the required content areas in social work, allows for further opportunities for linkages with the liberal arts, and provides outcome assessment information for the social work faculty.
Note - the optional pathways listed below are not required for Social Work degree completion
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Pathways
Undergraduate social work majors who complete this pathway fulfill the educational requirements for New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification. Nazareth’s CASAC certificate program is approved by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
Required Electives for CASAC Credential (in addition to completion of major requirements):
Students who want to work with children and families experiencing stress and/or trauma relating to illness and injury can choose this pathway to complete the academic requirements for Child Life Specialist certification. Requires completion of the Developing Child and Families - Minor, plus one additional course requirement:
Courses already embedded into DCF minor requirements: