Bachelor of Science in Social Work

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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.

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Your Social Work degree from Keuka College will position you to improve lives, advocate for change, and promote social justice. Your coursework will include hands-on, practical experience in real-life agencies, meaning you'll graduate with experience and a professional network.

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Finish Fast

If you have enough prior college credits, you can earn your bachelor's degree in 21 months — that's less than two years!

Incredibly Affordable

Low cost per credit and generous financial aid programs for working adults help ensure you can reach your educational goals quickly and affordably.

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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.

No matter how far along you are on your education journey, you can earn your degree from Keuka College and become an extraordinary Social Worker. And best of all, if you have prior college credit, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in a little less than two years. 

HOW DOES EVENING & ONLINE WORK?

  • Some of your courses will be offered fully online, while others will include a face-to-face component.
  • Face-to-face classes are taught by Keuka College professors just one night each week for 4 hours at a location in Rochester, Watertown, Syracuse, Elmira, or Canandaigua. 
  • Complete assignments and readings online when it fits your schedule.

You need at least 120 college credits to earn a bachelor's degree at any accredited college or university. At Keuka College, we make it easy for adults like you to earn your Social Work degree, no matter how many — or how few — college credits you already have.

Requirements

You'll need 120 total college credits to earn the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree.

The number of courses you'll need to take and your course schedule may vary based on the number of credits you transfer in.

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12 Core Social Work Courses

48 Credits

From the basics of Social Work to a fully immersive, hands-on experience at an agency near you, these are the courses that will teach you to become an exceptional Social Worker. You’ll work closely with extraordinary faculty who are outstanding teachers and actively practicing clinicians.

13 General Education Courses

37 Credits

General education courses are the foundation of every Keuka College bachelor’s degree. You’ll explore and enhance many different skills — communication, writing, math, ethics, and more — that are important for your Social Work degree and for everyday life.

You can choose from a number of online courses in the Keuka College catalog, or transfer in credits from another accredited college or university, the U.S. military, college-level testing program, or select international sources.

12 Elective Courses

35 Credits

Electives give you the opportunity to learn about the topics you’re interested in most and customize your degree.

You can choose from a variety of online courses from the Keuka College catalog, enhance your degree with a certificate, or transfer in credits from another accredited college or university, the U.S. military, college-level testing program, or select international sources.

Core Courses

From the basics of Social Work to a fully immersive, hands-on experience at an agency near you, these are the courses that will teach you to become an exceptional Social Worker.

You’ll work closely with extraordinary faculty who are outstanding teachers and actively practicing clinicians.

SWK-101: Introduction to Social Work

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

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

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.

Degree Enhancements

Enhance your Social Work degree and increase your career marketability by adding a certificate.

And if you need to earn additional general education or elective credits, adding a certificate is a great way to do so.

Spanish for the Professions

This beginner-level language and cultural immersion certificate is designed for healthcare, law enforcement, social work, and education professionals to help build stronger, more inclusive local communities

Information Risk Management

Learn to assess, measure, and manage information risk and security in today's organizations. Help businesses large and small combat misinformation and develop sound information risk management strategies and practices.

Information Moderation

Learn to analyze, interpret, and communicate the technical, legal, marketing, and social forces that shape online communities and the laws and policies that surround online content.

Keuka College has helped thousands of students like you earn an affordable degree and launch their Social Work careers. Estimate your costs, explore financial aid options, and talk with an admissions counselor today.

Estimate Your Costs

How many college credits would you transfer in?

64

You've completed about 2 years of college or have an associate's degree.

20 months

Approximate Program Length

56

Credits Needed

$475

Cost per Credit

$13,300

Estimated Total Cost Before Financial Aid

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Affording Your Social Work Degree

A bachelor's degree is an investment in your future and your family that has everlasting benefits. Here are a number of ways to make your degree even more affordable.

Financial Aid
Scholarships, state and federal grants, employer tuition remission, and military benefits are financial aid options that may be available to you.

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Transferring Credit
Graduate faster and save money by transferring in prior eligible credits from another accredited college or university, the U.S. military, College-level testing programs, or select international sources.

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What can you do — and how much can you earn — with a Social Work degree? The possibilities are almost endless!

You'll be prepared for any of these exciting Social Work careers:

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Social or Community Service Manager
  • Youth Services Coordinator
  • Probation Officer
  • Director of Programs
  • Family Social Worker
  • Case Manager

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job growth for Social Workers is projected to be much faster than average between 2019 and 2029 in the United States.

And according to the New York State Department of Labor, New York Social Workers with a bachelor's degree earn a mean salary of $69,000 and employment prospects in New York state are very favorable

You'll also qualify for Advanced Standing entry into Keuka College's Master of Social Work program, after which you can enjoy a career in clinical Social Work.

Sarah Eddy

I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go with Keuka College. I was the shy one, but the program and my classmates brought me out of my shell. No matter what occurred, there was a sense of support for each other.

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— Sarah Eddy

A high-quality Social Work degree you'll be proud to have.

Keuka College’s Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Our students are prepared for, and encouraged to, pursue a master's in social work, and because of our accreditation, graduates may apply for advanced standing in these programs. Download our Assessment of Student Learning to learn more.

We’re here to help answer any questions you have about Keuka College’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work program.

Here are some of the most common questions students like you have about the BSW program. You can also get additional information by downloading a program guide, contacting your admissions counselor, or applying for admission today!

There are many different types of Social Work degrees, and each one qualifies you for a different level of practice. A bachelor’s degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited college or university is the first step and will allow you enter the field in an array of exciting, rewarding careers.

A Master of Social Work (MSW) and Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree each open the door to many different advanced practice areas. In New York State, graduates from a clinical MSW program may sit for the licensure exam and begin a career as a psychotherapist.

Learn more about Social Work licensure in New York

Every accredited Social Work degree in the United States is at least 120 total college credits. Keuka College’s flexible format for adults allows you to earn your degree at your own pace. Generally speaking, most students who enter Keuka College’s BSW program with prior college credit earn their degrees in less than two years. 

A bachelor’s degree in Social Work qualifies you for many different positions, including the following:

  • Case Manager
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Probation Officer
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Youth Advocate

Additionally, many people find that a BSW degree prepares them well for administrative positions in a variety of non-profit organizations. 

Yes. Mental health counseling is a component of the Social Work profession, though not all Social Workers are counselors or psychotherapists. To become a counselor after you earn your bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to graduate from a clinical Master of Social Work (MSW) program and obtain the appropriate clinical licensure from New York State.

After earning a bachelor’s degree, Social Workers who are interested in becoming psychotherapists must graduate from a clinical Master of Social Work (MSW) program and obtain the appropriate clinical licensure from New York State.

Learn more about Social Work licensure in New York

Absolutely! Baccalaureate-prepared Social Workers are the backbones of their local communities. These Social Workers provide support services to the most vulnerable people in their areas. Apply to Keuka College’s BSW program today.