Social Work Overview
Social Work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help and improve people's lives.
What do social workers do:
- Provide counseling to individuals, families and groups
- Help people obtain needed resources and services
- Develop programs and work with communities to meet peoples' needs
- Address problems related to: child abuse, mental illness, poverty, illness or disability, substance abuse, discrimination, family conflict or violence, job jeopardy and aging
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22 percent during the coming decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
The B.S.W. Program is career-oriented and gives students ample field work and faculty mentorship opportunities to prepare them to begin their careers in this rewarding and growing field.
Graduates with a B.S.W. are prepared to work in a variety of areas such as:
- Mental health clinics
- Substance abuse programs
- Nursing homes
- Family and children's services
- Criminal justice
- College counseling
- Employee assistance programs
- and many more
The Mercy Advantage
Knowledge and skills to serve diverse populations and needs with sensitivity creativity and professional courage
Respect for an integration of professional ethics and values into their practice
Commitment to and contribute to improving unjust or oppressive social conditions and policies and towards promoting effective and humane agency organization practices and programs
Ability to pursue graduate studies or entry level generalist social work practice including interventions with individuals families groups organizations and communities
Upon graduating from the Mercy College many undergraduate social work students continue on to receive a Masters in Social Work at other institutions within one year of study
Frequently Asked Questions
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Freshmen and sophomores intending to apply for admission to the social work program should declare pre-social work as their major. Students usually enter the social work program at the beginning of their junior year, in the fall semester, following completion of the application process and acceptance for admission to the program.
Students apply for admission to the social work major by the end of their sophomore year. Specific questions about the application process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer students are encouraged to contact the social work program for application materials at the same time they are applying for admission to the College.
Students applying to the social work major should:
- Have completed at least 45 credits.
- Have achieved, at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.60 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Have an interest in or demonstrated capacity to provide help to people.
- Demonstrate the aptitude for and/or motivation to enhance skills in clear oral and written expression and the ability to think conceptually and analytically.
- Meet for an individual interview with the social work program director, or designate.
During the interview, the student and program director will explore the student’s interests, experience skills and goals and discuss the requirements of the social work major. This meeting includes acknowledgment on behalf of the student of the demands and time requirements of the senior-year field practicum.
In its review, the program admissions committee will take into account all aspects of the student’s application and presentation. The committee has the authority to make any exceptions to its admissions policy in accepting an applicant and makes the final decision on an applicants’ suitability.
After completing the application process, the student will receive a formal letter from the program director informing him/her of the committee’s decision.
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships.
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Social Work: 42 Credits
Open Electives: 18 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
Program Outcomes/CSWE Competencies
- Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
- Competency 2: Engage diversity and difference in practice
- Competency 3: Advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice
- Competency 4: Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
- Competency 5: Engage in policy practice
- Competency 6: Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
- Competency 7: Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
- Competency 8: Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
- Competency 9: Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
Download a copy of the 2021 - 2022 Mercy College Outcomes Assessment