Department Chair

  • Carla Sofka Ph.D.
    rofessor of Social Work
    Rosetti Hall 309
    (518) 786-5046

Mission and Learning Goals

The Social Work Program at Siena has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1985, and is committed to graduating entry-level professional social workers of the highest caliber. Our quality, personal, innovative education prepares students for 21st century practice with a diverse range of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. 


Our BSW program adheres to CSWE's 2008 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), and generates outcome data to measure our program performance. Information about this data is available from the current Department Chair.  Our program achieved its last re-accreditation in 2007, with the next one scheduled for 2015.



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

  • To prepare baccalaureate students for competent and effective generalist social work practice.
  • To foster academic excellence as well as intellectual and aesthetic growth of our students through personal interaction with the faculty and staff in and outside of the classroom. 
  • To promote an appreciation and respect for human diversity, social and economic justice and the consequences of human oppression, economic deprivation, and discrimination.
  • To encourage active involvement and leadership in creating a just world.    


We are committed to:

  • developing competent, beginning level Social Work professionals who are equipped with the knowledge, values, ethics, and skills needed to engage in Generalist Social Work Practice.
  • educating our students to deliver services to consumers based on a service delivery model that encompasses the strengths/capacity perspective, holistic conceptualization, ecological systems theory and cultural competence
  • striving to achieve excellence in all aspects of our activities.



Through a quality program, well integrated into the Siena Community, the Department supports it students:

  • to become effective generalist social workers who are diversity affirming and culturally competent.
  • to engage in advocacy and social action to achieve social and economic justice.
  • to acquire a strong sense of professional identity and commitment to professional development through graduate study, employment or service in social work or other fields

 The Social Work Department is part of the School of Liberal Arts.