Program Information

Niagara University HatThe social work department is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. CSWE accreditation means that our students graduate with a valuable credential. We provide a rigorous learning experience that prepares students to become outstanding practitioners. Trained in the profession’s empowerment tradition, students who graduate from our program are adept change agents who use a variety of strategies to advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Grounded in Niagara University’s liberal arts perspective, students take courses in the liberal arts, social sciences and natural sciences. In addition, social work courses focus on helping and research skills, human behavior and social policy analysis. Many students choose a minor, which expands their career and/or graduate school options. Common minors include psychology, sociology, political science, women’s studies, criminal justice and gerontology. Recently, Niagara University established an American sign language (ASL) and deaf studies minor, a popular choice with the social work students.

Whether applying for our program as a freshman or as a transfer student, your first step will be to meet with one of our faculty members. Together, we will determine if social work is the right career choice for you, and you will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about the admissions process and our program. You may also choose to attend a social work class and meet our students.

Field Practicum (SWK 427,428) and Social Work Co-Ops (SWK 493,494)

Social work majors often find the field practicum one of the most valuable and exciting aspects of our program. In their senior year, students put their knowledge and skills into practice. Dr. Tanyetta Carter, appointed as the coordinator of field practicum, assists in placing students at local agencies and programs. A wide variety of settings are available for students to consider. Once placed, students are supervised by a social worker who is employed at their agency. As part of the practicum experience, students engage in original research and present their findings at a local and/or regional conference.

Any Niagara student who has successfully completed SWK 100 and 200 can select three to six semester hours of a work-study program (co-op). The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical human service work experience. Registration is to be arranged through the chair, Dr. Blair.

Social Work Minor

Five social work courses are required for an undergraduate minor in social work.  The following three courses are mandatory:

  • SWK 100- Intro to Social Work
  • SWK 200- History of Social Services and Policy
  • SWK 210- Diversity and Social Justice 

Additionally, students can select two social work electives or they may opt to complete the human behavior and social environment sequence by enrolling in SWK 211 and SWK 212.

Minors need to pass the appropriate prerequisites for the social work courses SWK 100 is a prerequisite for ALL social work courses BIO 101, SOC 101, PSY 101 are prerequisites for SWK 211.  SWK 211 is a prerequisite for SWK 212.

Social work minors may not enroll in any social work courses listed under the professional foundation sequence.  Social work minors are advised by the program director,  The Council on Social Work Education does not accredit minors in social work.