Social Work (BS)
Why Social Work?
Social workers are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of people and the pursuit of a more just and equal world.
In hospitals, police departments, mental health clinics, schools, military facilities, government and corporations, social workers apply their unique person-in-environment knowledge with professional skills to help people solve problems and improve their lives.
If helping others is your passion, social work may be your future.
Why Study Social Work at Iona?
Our Social Work program was recently ranked #2 by Social Work Degree Guide as a high-value accredited bachelor's degree in U.S. metropolitan areas. The need for social workers is increasing, and because our program is so highly regarded, you will have an advantage with employers and graduate schools.
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. You will become part of a genuine learning community where you will evolve as a professional social worker with the support of your peers and faculty.
Our program provides opportunities for collaboration with faculty and peers in other patient service majors – including Occupational Therapy, Speech Communication, and Marriage and Family Therapy – to give you a holistic approach to helping others.
What You'll Learn
At Iona, you will be well-grounded in the knowledge, skills, and values of social work firmly rooted in a liberal arts education.
You will be rigorously trained as a competent generalist in social work practice. At the center of your education is two field practicums that provide 500 hours of hands-on experience. Fieldwork education will allow you to explore and engage in specific areas of social services. Students have completed fieldwork at:
- Foster care/adoption agencies
- Substance abuse treatment and prevention programs
- Schools/Special Education programs
- Community centers
- Residential services (youth, people with disabilities)
- Interpersonal violence/trauma programs
- Senior programs
Unique Elements of Program
- 500 hours of fieldwork/internship as part of required coursework
- Cohort model helps students build strong support for one another’s learning and professional development
- Graduates are eligible to apply for Advanced Standing at any accredited MSW Program in the country, allowing them to complete an advanced degree in one year instead of two
Support & Networking
You'll join our community of more than 50,000 alumni who are eager and willing to give you a leg up in your career and will assist with field work or job placements.
The Center for Social Research brings Iona College and the community together to work on local issues of concern. You will have opportunities to conduct hands-on research and evaluations for local community programs and services.
Publish & Present
Expand your community by sharing research with colleagues in the Iona College Journal of Allied Health: Perspectives of Social Justice, a student-run, online journal. You will collaborate with faculty and peers from Marriage and Family Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology to stay at the top of your game on best practices and recommendations.
I knew that Iona had an exceptional Social Work program. For example, the Midnight Run project allowed me to serve my community and provide resources that fulfilled some essential needs for people.
Wanda McDonald ’20
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Careers & Outcomes
Take your desire to help and understand others through social work down any path you choose – from working in a school, to being a therapist, social work majors will find many opportunities to improve the lives of others.
- Child Welfare Specialist
- Clinical Sociologist
- Care Coordinator
- Community Outreach Manager
- Family Therapy Interventionist
- Group Facilitator
- Behavioral Health Worker