Social Work

Combine Your Passion to Help Others with a Competitive Career Advantage

With a Social Work degree from Keuka College, you’ll be positioned to improve lives, advocate for change, and promote social justice.

Social Workers are everyday heroes. They provide resources and counseling during some of life's most difficult challenges to individuals, groups, families, and communities.  They serve on the front lines for those in vulnerable or under-served populations.

As a Keuka College Social Work student, your coursework will coincide with hands-on, practical experience in real-life agency settings that will teach you how to use empowerment to create positive conditions for people to thrive and give you a competitive advantage with prospective employers. 

In addition, our Social Work degree will give you a unique perspective about the people you serve. You’ll help them learn how to function successfully within a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual framework. If you have a passion to building up others as you build your career, this degree will make it possible.

Keuka College social work degree graduate Hani Ali holds her social work degree outside the Jephson Community Athletic Complex at Keuka College.

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Learn More About the Social Work Degree

Keuka College’s program provides working professionals like you the opportunity to earn your Social Work degree without sacrificing time at work or with your family.

If you have prior college credit, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in a little over two years. Best of all, our evening and online format means you'll get the benefits of face-to-face instruction combined with the flexibility of online learning and collaboration.

How Does Evening & Online Work

  • Attend face-to-face class just one night each week for 4 hours at a location near your home or workplace.
  • Complete assignments and readings online when it fits your schedule.
  • Earn your degree in a little over two years.

We make it as convenient as possible for working adults like you to earn a Social Work degree. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of approximately 60 transferable credit hours from an accredited college, university, or post-secondary institution(s). 
  • Cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience, and motivation. 

How to Apply

  • Complete your Application for Admission online.
  • Submit all official transcripts from each college or university you've attended.
  • Pay your non-refundable $50 application fee.

Worried About Something?

We realize one size never fits all. If there's something on your mind, reach out to us and let us know! Give us a call at (315) 279-5254 or 1-800-335-3852 or by email at admissions@keuka.edu.

Your Social Work degree program includes a number of courses that blend theory with practical application, preparing you to work in a rapidly-changing, multicultural society.

Our experienced faculty will guide you in developing skills within the framework of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, emphasizing cultural competence, social justice, service, and the importance of human relationships. Areas you'll explore include:

  • Human Behavior (Psychology and Sociology)
  • Ethics and Diversity
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Services
  • Professional Agency Clinical Placement

The list below is a sample of the courses you'll take as part of your program. Please know that this list is subject to change as the program is reviewed and enhanced to provide you the best Social Work degree possible.

EXP-300 : Foundations for Adult & Exp Learning

Foundations for Adult and Experiential Learning will introduce students to the scholarly demands of Keuka College and provide an understanding of the liberal arts for adult students in higher education. Students will critically evaluate their educational journey and professional goals through the exploration of adult learning theory, philosophies of education, and learning styles. This course will utilize critical reading, active discussion, and reflective writing to help adult students become a contributing member of an academic community of learners.

BIO-202 : Human Biology 4

Fundamentals of cell biology, developmental biology, and genetics provide a basis for survey of normal structure, function, and interaction of human organ systems. A variety of modern health issues, such as nutrition, cancer, alcoholism, heart disease, and aging, are explored. Course intended for non-science and non-nursing majors.

ENG-300 : College Writing for Transfer Students 4

A grade of C or higher is required to pass this course. College Writing for Transfer Students prepares students from varied writing backgrounds for the upper-level academic writing required at Keuka College. In this course, students develop the skills necessary to write effective and coherent papers that likewise meet the standards of strong academic writing. Attention to grammatical competence and effective writing strategies.

SWK-101 : Introduction to Social Work 3

A foundation course that provides an overview of the social work profession examined through the scope of historical development, related theories, Code of Ethics, and understanding of current practice. The standards of the profession will be introduced to students, and beginning understanding of self and others through issues of diversity, beginning practice skills, and role plays. This course allows a realistic view of social work through the use of guest lecturers from, and field trips to, a variety of social work settings and through an additional requirement for community work.

SWK-201 : Social Welfare Policy and Services I 3

Policy development process including: structure of the service delivery system; organizations and social inequities in service delivery and organizations, change strategies that promote social and economic justice; examination of history of social welfare in the United States; the ideology, values and policies that have influenced social programs and current programs, organizations, provisions, and issues; participation in an experiential activity is required.

SWK-221 : Human Behavior and Social Environment I 3

Content about human bio-psycho-social development through the life stages, including knowledge about social systems in which individuals live (families, groups, organizations, instructions, and communities). The application of systems to a social work perspective of human development; emphasis on life situations encountered by generalist social workers and the impact of factors such as oppression, discrimination, poverty, and sexism.

SWK-302 : Social Work Research Methods 3

This course will introduce students to the concepts and principles of social work research methodology. Topics include familiarization with research terminology, problem formulation, conceptualization and operationalizing research questions, measurement, methods of data collection, types of data collection, sampling, causal inference, and research designs. Emphasis will be placed on developing skill in evaluating one's own practice,particularly through single-system design. The course will also develop the student's ability to critically evaluate published research and to formulate and carry out research. Respect for the unique characteristics of diverse populations will be stressed as the course covers social work research in light of diversity, multicultural biases, and social and economic justice.

SWK-312 : General Social Work Practice II 3

Enrollment restricted to social work majors. Focus on the professional use of self through client and systems work. Skill emphasis will be in nonverbal behavior, use of various clinical assessment tools, awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and self-awareness. Students will integrate quantitative and qualitative research to generalist social work practice and further develop skills of critical thinking.

SWK-332 : Group Processes 3

Formation, definition, and process of a group; group interactions using group exercises and observations, and beginning facilitator experiences.

SWK-351 : Generalist Social Work Practice III 3

SWK-351 is the junior/senior level practice course for social work majors. Its focus is on macro-level practice. Topic areas include family systems through general systems theory. Understanding of macro-level government, funding, and human service agency structures is emphasized. Theories and practice of community organizations, needs assessments, and the social worker's role in all of the above is discussed.

SWK-401 : Social Welfare Policies and Services II 3

An examination of selected laws, programs, benefits, and services that form the basis of social welfare policy in the U.S., and social welfare policy analysis and its application. The structure of service delivery systems, organizations, and social inequities in service delivery; and organizational change strategies that promote social and economic justice. An introduction to program development.

SWK-421 : Human Behavior and Social Environment II 3

Examination of the human condition from adolescence to old age (ages 12-82+). Students will learn to identify the critical issues at each developmental stage of life using biological, sociological, psychological, and spiritual assessment models. Generalist issues which affect the entire span of the life cycle will also be addressed. This course heavily emphasizes the shift for students from theory to practice through extensive use of experiential activities which include doing actual assessments, developing a program for a topic of diversity, team-based activities, etc.

SWK-450 : Senior Practicum and Seminar 15

Block placement in social service agencies, including generalist work at an approved setting for a minimum of 416 hours for the entire placement experience. The block placement for the traditional program on campus occurs for a minimum of 32 hours a week, whereas the block placement at the ASAP sites runs a minimum of 16 hours per week for 26 weeks. A research project/competency-based assignments are completed over the course of the seminar. The students evaluate their own practice through individual and group supervision with an emphasis on use of professional self, transference and counter transference. Students develop greater awareness of the professional use of self through parallel process. Prerequisite: Only those students who are candidates for the baccalaureate degree in social work may be admitted into the practicum and seminar.

To review a full list of program requirements and course descriptions, please see the Keuka College Record's information on the Social Work degree program.

Keuka College’s bachelor’s in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our students are prepared for, and encouraged to, pursue master’s-level social work education and training, and because of our accreditation, graduates may apply for advanced standing in these programs.

MSW programs around the country accept a percentage of applicants in advanced standing, which allows students to graduate with their master’s degree in one year as opposed to the traditional two years.

Learning Outcomes

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires all programs to measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of CSWE.

Each of the professors in your Social Work degree program will be highly experienced clinicians and credentialed academics. Not only will you learn textbook theory, but you'll also gain valuable experience and knowledge of trends and upcoming needs gleaned directly from daily clinical practice.

Julie Burns

Associate Professor of Social Work

Academic Credentials

Nazareth College
M.S.W.
SUNY College at Buffalo
B.S.

Biography

Julie graduated from State University College at Buffalo with a BSW in the Spring of 1992. That spring also saw the culmination of months of planning for a city wide protest in Buffalo, NY which thousands of people from across the country participated in. Julie was part of a core group of people who began planning in late summer of 1991 and was a site leader coordinating civil disobedience which maintained the operation of a 14-story medical building in downtown Buffalo.

After working for a short time in reproductive health, she began her work with individuals with disabilities. In 1995 she moved to Rochester, N.Y., assuming a variety of social work roles, in the field of developmental disabilities and neurological impairments. In 2003 she graduated with honors from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW program while continuing to work in the field. Her work as direct care staff, educator, trainer, counselor, program development, administration with continued work in social activism training on a volunteer basis provided a sound foundation for linking theory to practice.

In 2007 she accepted a position as BSW Program Coordinator for the Adult and Online Education (AOE)at Keuka College assisting with curriculum development, policy development, hiring and orientation of adjunct faculty, among many other tasks. In 2010 she transitioned into the assistant professor role teaching a variety of courses with an emphasis on policy and community organization. Students in these courses have participated in experiential learning, collaborating with community organizations which have included community needs assessments, block club development and intervention planning with communities. She also volunteers as the quality assurance committee chair for the Hickok Center, a grassroots organization for individuals who have survived a traumatic brain injury. She has been involved with Hickok Center since its inception in the late '90s.

She currently lives in Rochester with her two sons, is a devoted student of yoga and is working toward a Ph.D. with a concentration in public policy through Union Institute and University's interdisciplinary program

Christopher Clinton

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Adjunct Instructor

Academic Credentials

Syracuse University School of Social Work
M.S.W.
Binghamton University
B.A.

Stephanie Craig

Professor of Social Work

Academic Credentials

University at Buffalo
M.S.W.
Nazareth College
B.A.

Biography

Associate Professor Stephanie Craig has been a social worker for nearly 35 years. She is a Licensed Registered Certified Social Worker which is the highest clinical social work degree. Stephanie has been a practicing clinician for Not-for-Profit agencies such as Pathways, Inc. and Family Service Society, Inc. She is the owner of a private practice in Bath NY, Professional Counseling Services, since 1994. Specialties include mood disorders, forensic social work, developmental disabilities and child and family issues. Craig came to Keuka in 2002 as an adjunct instructor and began her full time position in 2003 in the Education and Social Work Division. She has taught most of the courses in the curriculum. According to Craig, the excitement is in teaching the Introduction to Social Work class, awakening the passion, and teaching the history of social justice." One of her favorite experiences was taking a group of students to New York City to participate in a Peace march. The passion and heart of the profession is what Craig imparts to all of her students. In 2004 and 2007, Craig led group Field Periods to Poland for a cultural immersion experience for one month. Craig received the Excellence in Experiential Teaching Award for the 2005-2006 Academic year.

Professional Interests

Advocacy for the disabled, improving the distribution of benefits and creating awareness of the large minority, creating greater awareness of the importance of children's rights in many areas, gay/lesbian rights with regard to parenting. Treatment of mood disorders, couple's therapy, and youth and adolescent counseling.

Dr. Jason McKinney

Division Chair
Associate Professor of Social Work

Academic Credentials

University of Rochester
Ph.D.
Roberts Wesleyan College
M.S.W.
Roberts Wesleyan College
B.S.W.

Biography

Dr. Jason McKinney earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College and a PhD in Human Development from the University of Rochester. Dr. McKinney has authored articles in peer reviewed journals, including Child and Family Services Review and The Journal of Critical Social Work. He has also published articles in The New Social Worker. His research interest is in the developing self across the life span, and most recently within caregiver-child interactions. In 2006, Dr. McKinney received the Scandling Scholar Award from the University of Rochester. Dr. McKinney's practice experience includes family therapy, parent-training curriculums, and the design and implementation of a successful therapeutic foster care program in Rochester, NY. Prior to joining Keuka College, Dr. McKinney taught at Ashland University as an Assistant Professor of Social Work and adjunct at The Greater Rochester Collaborative, State University of New York (SUNY, Brockport) and Nazareth College, and also at Roberts Wesleyan College. He places a strong emphasis on the need for research in social welfare and enjoys providing students with opportunities for meaningful research.

Professional Interests

Research in Selfhood and Identity Development within Cultural Categories Across the Lifespan Using Socio-Linguistic and Discourse Analytic Methodology, Effects of the Child Welfare System on Children and Families, Community-based Action Research on Aging Well.

Dr. Philip Miller

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Interim MSW Field Director

Academic Credentials

Rutgers University
D.S.W. in Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis
M.S.W. in Social Work
Greenville University
B.A. in Psychology

Biography

Dr. Miller is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of social work experience. He completed a Doctorate of Social Work from Rutgers University and a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in mental health and specialization in family therapy. He is passionate about marriage and is a certified Gottman marital therapist from the internationally acclaimed Gottman Institute in Seattle, WA. He spent eight years as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force as a clinical social worker.

Dr. Miller has extensive experience working with varied client groups ranging from children to the elderly as well as living and working in unique settings such as Japan, rural Appalachia, and the inner city. Research interests include military social work, marriage, and experiential learning.

Dr. Sekai Turner

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Academic Credentials

University of Maryland
Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
M.S.W. in Social Work
Spellman College
B.A.

Melissa Whipple ’16

BSW Field Director and Program Coordinator

Academic Credentials

New York University
M.S.W.
Keuka College
B.S. in Social Work
Keuka College
B.A. in Psychology

Contact Information

Anne Piorkowski

Assistant Director of Admissions

(315) 694-3244
apiorkowski@keuka.edu