According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employment in social work is expected to increase by 19 percent through 2022. Adelphi’s School of Social Work, with its flexible programs leading to B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees, prepares students for careers in public, private and not-for-profit organizations serving children, adults and people coping with mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty, illness and other crises.
Originally designed as a way to create opportunities for upward professional mobility for paraprofessionals working in social, community, and human service agencies, Adelphi’s New Social Welfare Education Routes (ANSWER) program now accommodates community college students transferring to Adelphi as well students changing fields or returning to school to earn a bachelor’s after a lengthy hiatus.
Students may study full or part time, and courses meet once a week at the Manhattan Center. The student population, diverse in age, ethnic origin and cultural background, presents an invigorating atmosphere for learning. Small size allows students, faculty and administration to interact in a positive way.
Providing students with a solid foundation in the knowledge, values and skills necessary for social work practice, the B.S.W. curriculum emphasizes a generalist orientation to the field. This educational approach enables graduates to pursue practice in a variety of areas with command of a range of strategies for intervention. It also serves as the springboard to advanced standing in the M.S.W. program for those students who meet the qualifications for graduate education.
ANSWER students may apply for a maximum of 10 elective college credits based on knowledge obtained outside the classroom.
Work/life credits may not be used to waive any required liberal arts or social welfare courses. Students interested in applying for work/life credits should meet with the program director who will assess eligibility and discuss the application guidelines.