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