B.A. in Social Work


Program Description

Are you a good listener, find that friends seek your support and advice? Do you want to make a difference in the world by helping people with their problems? Are you interested in human rights and social justice? Would you like a professional career? If “yes,” you may want to consider studying social work.

Baccalaureate Social Work (B.S.W.) education equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values for a professional helping career in a variety of settings (schools, hospitals, poverty programs, addiction services, shelters, etc).

  • Employers recognize B.S.W. graduates as entry-level professionals
  • MSW grad schools offer advanced standing options to those from an accredited B.S.W. program, earning a Master's Degree in Social Work in less than 2 years!
  • Siena' s B.S.W. Program has been accredited since 1985

Program Highlights

  • Nationally accredited since 1985.
  • Department has a leadership role with the New York State Social Work Education Association.
  • Emphasis on both classroom and hands-on experiences.
  • 450-hour internship requirement in professionally supervised sites matching students’ interests. Example settings include schools, nursing homes, probation offices, programs serving homelessness, domestic violence shelters, and mental health settings.
  • Focus on the development of communication skills and understanding of social problems necessary to become a professional interviewer and community change agent.
  • Hands-on experience working with individuals, families, groups, and communities to solve problems.
  • Preparation for social work careers in diverse settings such as hospitals, family service agencies, domestic violence programs and more immediately after graduation.
  • Preparation for Master’s in Social Work programs.

Requirements for the Major (37 credits)

  • SWRK100 - Intro Soc Welfare and Soc Work 3 credits
  • SWRK200 - Social Work Practice Skills 3 credits
  • SWRK300 - Human Bhvr and the Soc Envir I 3 credits
  • SWRK310 - Human Bhvr and Social Envir II 3 credits
  • SWRK315 - Social Wk Pract W Orgs & Comm 3 credits
  • SWRK320 - Social Wk Prac w Indiv and Fam 3 credits
  • SWRK410 - Field Education I 4 credits
  • SWRK415 - Social Work Practice w/Groups 3 credits
  • SWRK420 - Field Education II 5 credits
  • SWRK430 - Social Work Research 3 credits
  • SWRK440 - Social Welfare Policy 3 credits
  • SWRK491 - Child Abuse Neglect Workshop 0 credits


  • SWRK301 - Internship in Social Work 1 credits


  • PCST480 - Internship in Peace Studies 3 credits


  • INSA480 - Internship Franciscan Serv Advo 1 TO 3 credits

Auxiliary courses (21 credits)

  • ATDV110 - Statistics for Social Science 3 credits
  • BIOL025 - Human Biology 3 credits
  • PSYC100 - General Psychology 3 credits
  • SOCI101 - The Sociological Perspective 3 credits


  • PSYC220 - Abnormal Psychology 3 credits


  • PSYC340 - Human Cognition 3 credits


  • PSYC350 - Physiological Psychology 3 credits


  • ECON101 - Principles of Economics, Micro 3 credits


  • ECON102 - Principles of Economics, Macro 3 credits


  • POSC100 - Contemporary U.S. Politics 3 credits


  • POSC130 - Political Theory 3 credits


  • POSC140 - Comparative Politics 3 credits


  • POSC150 - World Politics 3 credits


  • POSC205 - State and Local Government 3 credits

Students must achieve and maintain a minimum social work major GPA of 2. 7 for required S.W.R.K. courses following admission into the Social Work Program (i.e. Junior and Senior level courses).

Any student who falls below a 2. 7 major GPA for the required S.W.R.K. courses at any point following formal admission into the program will be terminated from the program and required to declare another major. (The gap between the current major GPA and the required 2.7 GPA as well as any extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis according to the program's review process.)

Internship Sites

  • Albany County Dept of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Albany Medical Center Hospital
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Guilderland Elementary School
  • Joseph’s House & Shelter
  • Parsons Child and Family Center
  • Rensselaer County Probation
  • Samaritan Hospital Mental Health Clinic
  • Troy High School
  • Unity House Domestic Violence Program
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Siena College is more than a liberal arts college, it is a learning community that prepares students for a successful life filled with compassion and drive, service and responsibility. Here, we believ ... Read More

Siena College is more than a liberal arts college, it is a learning community that prepares students for a successful life filled with compassion and drive, service and responsibility. Here, we believe that making a good living and living a good life go hand in hand. And we prove, over and over again, that an education like the one you receive at Siena comes along once in a lifetime. Welcome! Read less