Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D. M.S.W.
Chairperson/Associate Professor

Naterena Parham-Cofield
Administrative and Student Support Coordinator 
Department of Social Work
School of Health Professions
LIU Brooklyn
1 University Plaza
Health Sciences Building, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 488-1025

B.A. in Social Work

The profession of social work is growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) projects a high demand for social workers due to job growth in fields, such as mental health and substance abuse, and settings, such as hospitals. It’s never been a better time to join this dynamic and diverse profession.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program at LIU Brooklyn prepares entry-level social work practitioners to meet the growing, unique and varied social service needs of the diverse communities of Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. Graduates of LIU’s BAW program have strong clinical, advocacy and administrative skills that they use in community-based, governmental, and for-profit organizations across the region.

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) Program at LIU Brooklyn is to guide a diverse student body on a path of critical inquiry with the goal of building competent, compassionate and committed generalist practitioners. The program, grounded in the professions knowledge, skills, and values, teaches students to become civically engaged by developing a nurturing learning community, both in the classroom and in the field. The program challenges students to work toward a just, equitable, and caring society that is free from oppression and discrimination.

The curriculum of LIU Brooklyn’s BASW program reflects, and responds to, the educational needs of a non-traditional, racially and ethnically diverse student body, that will in turn, work with an equally diverse population of more than 2 million people in Brooklyn.

The BASW program at LIU Brooklyn partners with local community-based organizations to provide well-trained generalist practice social workers, prepared to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities through a variety of methods.

In addition to preparing students for careers in social work, LIU’s BASW program also prepares students who seek to pursue a graduate degree in social work and in other related fields. Students who successfully complete the BASW Program at LIU Brooklyn may be eligible for advanced standing in a graduate program in Social Work. With Advanced Standing, students only need to complete one-year of graduate study to earn their master degree.

BASW students are required to complete a total of 120 credits, 47 credits in social work, including successful completion of a 400-hour internship in the senior year.

BASW Student Handbook 2018-2019           BASW Outcomes Assessment Summary

Becoming a BASW Student

In order to be considered by the BASW Program, you must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU For more information on the university admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website.

Once a LIU Brooklyn student, you can you can declare a social work major at any time. However, only students meeting the following criteria will be considered in good standing in the BASW Program:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and a cumulative GPA in Social Work courses of a 3.0.
  • Earn a grade of “B” or higher in SWK 101;
  • Meet regularly with a social work faculty advisor; AND
  • Act in accordance with the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics ( and the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work Statement of Principles (

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 120 credits, including 47 credits in Social Work.

For complete information on the requirements of LIU Brooklyn’s Social Work program, refer to the BASW Student Handbook.

Field Requirements

All LIU Brooklyn BASW students must successfully complete a 400 hour field placement in their senior year. For complete information on the requirements of the field placement experience, refer to the BASW Field Manual

BASW Field Manual

Hallmarks of the BASW Program

  • The BASW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditor of U.S. social work schools and programs; signifying that it meets the highest standards of academic excellence
  • Small class sizes for individualized learning;
  • Faculty advisement to guide you through the program;
  • Full-time and part-time options available;
  • Classes offered weekdays and weekday evenings;
  • Career planning and placement assistance to support your job search and/or your applications for graduate study; and
  • If supported, eligibility to apply for “advanced standing” in LIU Brooklyn’s or in another CSWE-accredited social work program’s Master of Social Work (MSW) degree thereby earning a MSW in one instead of two years if full-time


School of Health Professions

Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean