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Touch lives. Serve communities. Move the world.

Reach out and move the world through social work.

Where there is a need in this world you will often find a social worker making a difference. In hospitals, police departments, mental health clinics, schools, military facilities and even corporations, social workers apply their professional skills and training in ways that improve lives and solve human problems––moving the world one person at a time.

If helping others is your passion, our social work program offers the rigorous preparation you need to begin practicing in the field or to pursue graduate studies at the Master of Social Work (MSW) level. In fact, most of our students are able to complete their BS and MSW in five years because they qualify for advanced standing status, a measure of both the quality of our curriculum and the commitment of our faculty.

Professional skills in demand

The need for social workers is predicted to increase by more than 25% in the next decade––an increase that is higher than many other professions. As a graduate of a program that is highly regarded by both graduate schools and employers, you’ll have an advantage in a market where your skills are in demand.

Iona’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. We maintain the original ideas of academic excellence established by the founder of our program, Dr. Ron Federico, co-author of the blueprint for modern baccalaureate social work education. (Baer and Federico, 1978)

Hands-on and student centered

Implementing our program’s student-centered mission, we put all of our efforts into supporting your development as a competent professional, well-grounded in the principles of social work and the values of a liberal arts education. You’ll benefit from small class sizes and personal attention from our highly qualified and caring faculty who want the best for you, and expect the best from you.

A number of Iona alumni teach social work courses, supervise students in their internships, or participate as guest speakers in the classroom and at campus events such as the Fields of Practice Program and the Senior Capstone Conference.

Often these fieldwork and internship experiences lead to paid positions after graduation.

Social work alumni who are moving the world

Tamaris Princi ’05 is the Minority Outreach Services Coordinator at Westchester Independent Living Center, as well as coordinator of LaFuenteny.org. An outreach specialist, Tamaris is tasked with educating Hispanics and African-Americans in Westchester County. Learn more about her efforts at www.LaFuenteny.org

Michael Arterberry ‘91 created a unique program called Power of Peace, Youth Voices Center, Inc., which provides a series of workshops to help young people become skilled at conflict resolution and teamwork. Michael’s program empowers young people to express their concerns, fears and dreams within a safe environment in order to improve schools and communities. In 2010, Michael’s program received a USA Network Characters Unite Award. Learn more at www.youthvoicescenter.org

Joe Schrank ’06 is an advocate, treatment specialist and social work entrepreneur. After dropping out of college in California, Joe’s life took a dramatic turn when he entered treatment and shortly thereafter found himself studying social work at Iona. He then continued on to graduate school at the University of Illinois, where his research focused on chemical dependency in collegiate athletes. Today, Joe is CEO of The Core Company in NYC, an organization that deals with chemical dependency issues and operates a sober-living facility in Brooklyn. He is also the cofounder of thefix.com, a website devoted to recovery issues.
 

Social Work Careers

As a social work major, you will have a field practicum that includes 500 hours of hands-on experience. Field placements for our students include a wide range of options:
  • Foster care/adoption agencies
  • Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention programs
  • Mental Health agencies
  • Early Childhood Centers
  • Schools/Special Education programs
  • Community Centers
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Residential Services (Youth, People with Disabilities)
  • Youth Development Programs
  • Family Service Programs
  • Older Adult Services
  • Interpersonal Violence/Trauma