The Nyack College Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) program uses a Christian context to prepare students to be generalist social work professionals who provide service with competence, compassion, and the highest ethical integrity. By equipping students with the requisite knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession, Nyack’s BSW program aims to raise social workers who can enhance the well-being of all people and communities, and promote a just and caring environment in a complex and interrelated global society.
Why Study Social Work at Nyack?
Nyack provides a social work education in a Christian higher education context that models the integration of Christian faith and learning. Nyack’s Social Work program provides a personally transformative environment that
- helps students find meaning and purpose in their work as they respond to their calling through the vocation of social work;
- fosters virtues that are essential for social work practice via personal and spiritual development; and
- cultivates a community in which all students experience acceptance and support.
“The highlights of my experience in Nyack’s BSW program include the small class sizes, the accessibility of the professors, and the fact that students and faculty alike are actively involved in bringing about social change, even outside of the classroom. The small class sizes allowed me to develop close friendships with my fellow students, whom I still keep in touch with today.”
Lebekah ShinClass of 2007
“Being part of Nyack’s BSW program changed my life. I have not only grown as a person, but as a Christian. I have learned so much about myself, and this has enlightened and strengthen the relationships that I have with my family, friends, and loved ones.”
Jazmel E. GuzmanClass of 2016
“The BSW program has been a gateway to my personal transformation and spiritual growth. It was an eye-opening experience. I have learned to be a professional, reflect the gospel, and serve all people with the love of Christ. In addition, I have learned my career path and spiritual walk are not two separate things, but go hand in hand.”
Desiree ClaudioClass of 2016
What Will I Study?
Nyack’s social work curriculum is designed to help students develop the necessary competencies for their profession. Upon graduation, students will be able to do the following:
- Identify as a professional social worker and conduct themselves accordingly.
- Apply social work ethical principles to guide their professional practice.
- Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate their professional judgments.
- Engage diversity and difference in their practice.
- Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
- Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
- Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
- Engage in policy practices that advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services.
- Respond to the contexts that shape their practice.
- Engage, assess, evaluate, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Integrate their personal Christian faith with their professional social work practice.
Social workers provide services that increase the quality of life of all people by helping them cope and overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges. Social workers have a commitment to promoting social justice and increasing opportunities for vulnerable populations.
Social workers provide individual, family, and group therapy; offer crisis prevention and intervention; collaborate with communities to develop necessary social and economic resources; advocate; and participate in political action.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for social workers is projected to grow twelve percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
Settings in which social workers practice include:
- mental health agencies
- counseling centers
- child welfare agencies
- adoption/foster agencies
- international social work agencies
- violence prevention/victim assistance
- older adult services
- probation and parole agencies
- political advocacy
Graduates of our Social Work program have become catalysts who help transform the lives of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
They are employed locally and nationally in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices.
We also have graduates who are working globally, including in Ecuador, Kenya, India, Nepal, and the Philippines, serving the poor and the vulnerable.
The Social Work Major is open to qualified students who have liberal arts backgrounds and who are committed to developing professional social work knowledge, values and skills.
A student electing the Social Work Major must qualify for regular admission to the College. However, admission to Nyack College does not guarantee admission to the Social Work major.
Criteria for admission to the Social Work Major are:
1. Academic achievement that includes:
a) Completion of a substantial portion (approximately 50 credit hours) of the Nyack College core curriculum and most prerequisites.
b) A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
2. Submission of departmental application
3. Emotional stability to deal with emotional stress in himself/herself as well as in others.
4. Intellectual capacity to think conceptually and analytically.
5. Physical health and vigor that provide energy to handle a rigorous academic schedule and field practicum.
Application Materials & Deadlines
Students should apply in their sophomore year during the spring semester. The deadline to submit applications is the first Monday in March. There is no admission to the Social Work major during the Fall semester.
- Social Work Major Application Form
- Personal Essay
- One copy of current transcript
Please submit applications to:
Percelene MCLain (NYC Campus) Dr. Carol Awasu (Rockland Campus)
2 Washington Street, 20th fl., Rm. 2022 1 South Boulevard
New York, NY 10004 Betty Knopp Bldg. – Rm. 1A
Nyack, NY 10960-3698
Application Decision and Notifications
The applicant’s file will be reviewed by a designated Social Work faculty member. The faculty member may request additional information or/and an interview with the student for more information. The applicant will be notified by the Social Work Department of the faculty’s decision in writingby May 1st.
Transfer Applications from other Institutions
The transfer of credits is available in order to avoid redundancy of learning. Except where specifically noted, the general procedures described for entering freshmen also apply to all applicants seeking to transfer from other two-year and four-year regionally accredited institutions. Requests for transfer of credit are not automatic and are determined on an individual basis.
Transfer Applications within the College
Students who wish to transfer from other majors to the Social Work Major within Nyack College must fill out a Change of Major Form (to be obtained from Registrar) prior to the application deadline. An interview with the Social Work Department Chair may be necessary for transfer applicants entering their junior year.
Waivers of Required Courses and Transfer of Credits
To avoid redundancy, students who believe they have already mastered the content of a required course by having already passed a similar course may submit a petition for a course waiver. No field instruction courses may be waived.
Previous Work Experience
The Nyack College BSW Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.