Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1975 and offers a major in Social Work and a minor in Social Welfare.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) focuses on generalist practice in the field of social work. Graduates are prepared to engage with, assess, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, and communities, and to evaluate their practice. Courses cover values and ethics, diversity, social, economic, and environmental justice, and research.
Social Work majors at Buffalo State College take their classroom knowledge, which includes a liberal arts foundation, and apply it in the field through volunteer work, service learning, and a year-long field placement. These opportunities allow students to develop their skills and prepare them for the workforce upon graduation. Check out the National Association of Social Work's web site for information about the social work profession.
The Social Welfare minor is an 18 credit interdisciplinary program that examines the historical socio-cultural significance of citizenship, poverty, social welfare, diversity, and market economies and develops skills to solve local and global problems. The student is also involved in community service in which he/she gains a comprehensive hands-on understanding of the roles of individuals and institutions in developing and sustaining social outcomes. The minor curriculum serves to enhance the student’s preparation for careers in the government, non- profits, law, politics, health, and social planning. Social Welfare minors will not be able to practice as social workers.
Note: Social Work majors cannot minor in Social Welfare. However, there are many complementary minors available at Buffalo State College.
Additionally, international opportunities are available for students. International travel and education can be a resume booster. Students that have participated in this opportunity experienced professional and personal growth, while immersed in another culture.
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