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Social Work B.S.

The social work program prepares you to work with individuals, families, groups and communities in today’s diverse society.
Social work students stop at the Onondaga County Courthouse on their “Roots of Social Work” Onondaga Historical Association tour of the City of Syracuse.
Social work students stop at the Onondaga County Courthouse on their “Roots of Social Work” Onondaga Historical Association tour of the City of Syracuse.

About this Program

  • Gain hands-on experience through an extensive field placement program, which allows you to complete a year-long internship in local human service agencies.
  • Learn how to engage in public policy to develop and execute on social laws for the betterment of society.
  • Learn gerontology and how to work with the elderly and increase their quality of life.
  • Engage in mental health services to treat those suffering from mental disorders and work to uncover treatments and preventative care.
  • Gain an understanding of child welfare and how to protect children and encourage family stability.

Program Information

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David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Falk College academic degree programs focus on holistic health and wellbeing, human performance, and sport business enterprise. The college’s signature emphasis on experiential learning supports student success through intentional internship requirements, faculty-mentored research projects, immersion travel, and global study abroad. At every stage of their education, Falk College students engage in meaningful work to advance their disciplines and careers.
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Core coursework includes biology, psychology and human behavior. Sample courses include:

  • Persons in Social Context
  • Processes of Aging
  • Violence, Bullying, and Trauma: Clinical Perspectives
  • Social Work Case Management Practice
  • Family Violence: Policy, Practice, and Research
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs in Social Work Practice

Extracurricular Opportunities

Practical Experience

Practical Experience

Field experience is a signature pedagogy of social work education. Falk College’s social work program includes ample opportunities for students to develop their skills.

  • Study the development of U.S. social welfare on a visit to New York City for the Social Welfare History Tour, sponsored by the Alan B. and Barbara Mirken Foundation.
  • Engage in leadership discussions and current major legislative issues with political and governmental leaders during the annual James L. Stone Legislative Policy Day.
  • Serve the University, community and students as a member of the student-run Social Workers United group.
  • Attend the annual Social Justice Forum where students honor a member of the community who has provided leadership for social justice in arenas such as poverty, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.
Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college experience. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Social work majors most often go abroad to:

  • Syracuse University centers: Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; and Strasbourg, France.
  • World Partner programs: CET Brazil (Sao Paulo); DIS Copenhagen; SIT South Africa: Multiculturalism and Human Rights; and the University of New South Wales.
  • Summer programs: Drug Policy and Harm Reduction in Global Perspective (Vancouver); South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience; and Global Cities and Transnational Identities (Mexico City).

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