B.A. in Social Work

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program seeks to train entry-level social work practitioners and prepare them to meet the growing, unique and varied social service needs of the diverse communities of Brooklyn and the greater New York area. These practitioners will have strong clinical, advocacy and administrative skills that they will put to use in community-based organizations across the region. The first accredited social work program in Brooklyn, the B.A. in Social Work places emphasis on working with the growing geriatric population; with racially, ethnically and socially diverse groups; and with immigrant populations.

The program distinguishes itself by tailoring the curriculum to reflect and to respond to the educational needs of a non-traditional, ethnically diverse student body, that will in turn, work with an equally diverse population of more than 4 million people in Brooklyn. It further distinguishes itself by affording local community-based organizations with the opportunity to articulate their needs for well-trained generalists, by allowing them to have input into the nature of the program's curriculum. In addition to preparing students for careers in social work, the program also prepares students who seek to pursue a graduate degree in social work and in other related fields.

Students are required to complete a total of 128 credits: 84 credits in the core curriculum and 44 credits in social work. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) also requires successful completion of field work in the third and fourth years.


School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean