Mission & Learning Goals


The Social Work Program is committed to graduating entry-level professional social workers of the highest caliber. Our student-centered program prepares for practice in a technologically advanced society with a diverse range of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Designed to facilitate practice within a global perspective, our curriculum is based on a model that encompasses the strengths perspective, holistic/ecological systems theory, and cultural competence.


In keeping with the Liberal Arts focus and Franciscan Traditions of Siena College, and the values of our profession, our mission is:

  • To prepare baccalaureate students for effective generalist social work practice, equipped with the requisite professional knowledge, values, ethics, and skills.
  • To foster dynamic interactions and a healthy exchange of ideas within the Program, College, and broader community.
  • To facilitate critical thinking augmented with the creativity and natural curiosity of our students.  
  • To promote conditions which encourage respect for human diversity.
  • To foster a commitment to social and economic justice, and provide students with strategies to eliminate human oppression, economic deprivation, and discrimination, and to become leaders in creating a just world.

Learning Goals

 Upon completion of the Social Work Program, students will gain the knowledge, values, and skills:

  • To master the 10 competencies and 41 practice behaviors specified by CSWE's 2008 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).
  • To engage in evidence-based practice in a diversity affirming and culturally competent manner.
  • To advocate for social and economic justice through participation in social action.
  • To acquire a strong professional identity through ongoing self-reflection, and a lifetime commitment to professional development.

Department Chair

Donna McIntosh

Donna D. McIntosh

Professor of Social Work

310 Rosetti Hall

(518) 783‑4261