Are you a good listener and find that friends seek your support and advice? Do you want to make a difference in the world? Are you interested in human rights and social justice? Would you like a professional career? If so, consider studying social work! 

Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) education equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values for a professional helping career in a variety of roles (case manager, advocate, counselor, community organizer, etc) and in a variety of systems (individual, family and groups, community and policy). 

Siena's BSW Program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1985. Why is this important?

  • CSWE's Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards
  • Graduate schools offer advanced standing programs to graduates of accredited BSW programs (as long as the student meets requirements set by the individual graduate school), allowing students to earn a Master's Degree in Social Work in less than 2 years

Hear From Our Saints

Our Saints have a lot to say about their time at Siena! 

What do social workers do?

Social workers practice with diverse populations in a variety of settings including criminal justice, military, schools, healthcare, substance abuse, children and families, gerontology (aging), homelessness/poverty, and others. Social workers advocate for others and help address social, economic, and environmental injustices. 

Gain Real-World Experience

Our Saints graduate with 450 hours of internship experience in professionally supervised sites where they develop real world, resume-ready skills!

Elisa Martin

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Social Work