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Social Work

The Social Work Program at Saint Francis University is a fully accredited, professional program that prepares the student for employment and graduate school. Established in 1974, the Social Work Program has a long established history of excellence in scholarship and career preparation. 

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      The Social Work Club

    • Servicing the Community

      Providing services for the community

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      Giving a voice to victims

    • The Social Work Club

    • Providing services for the community

    • Giving a voice to victims

  • Why Social Work at SFU?

    • Accredited learning.  Our program provides a paramount curriculum, often exceeding  accreditation requirements.
    • Applied learning. We provide opportunities to not only learn about social work, but to put the knowledge to good use.
    • Small class sizes. Our faculty is experienced in the social work industry and are attentive to each student's needs.
    • Out-of-the-classroom experience. Our program works with more than 75 field sites, with more in development.
    • The Social Work Club. The group has been repeatedly named the Outstanding Organization on Campus.
    • Graduate placement. Students receive advanced standing for graduate placement in MSW programs.
    • Majors & Minors
    • Curriculum
    • Career Opportunities
    • Student Opportunities
    Majors & Minors

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    The primary educational objective of the Social Work Program is to prepare its students for entry into generalist social work practice at the beginning professional level. Further, the program seeks to assist students in understanding social welfare as a system of social institutions that has been developed to meet human needs. Based on a strong foundation of courses in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, math, and the humanities, the social work curriculum is conceived as a broad orientation to the human and helping services. Below are some classes found in Social Work curriculum.

    Course catalog

    Career Opportunities

    There are opportunities for employment in such areas as individual treatment, group treatment, community organization, child welfare, public welfare, hospital and home nursing social services, mental health and mental retardation programs, programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol programs, community action programs, primary and secondary schools, correctional facilities, early intervention, crisis intervention and many other areas.

    Here are some popular careers our students have succeeded in:

    Psychiatric Social Worker

    Social and Community Service Manager

    Hospice Social Worker

    School Social Worker

    Geriatric Social Worker

    Healthcare Social Worker

    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker

    Medical Social Worker

    Group Social Worker

    Public Policy Social Worker

    Environmental Health Workers and Administrators

    Health Educator

    Environmental Health Workers and Administrators

    Child and Family Social Worker

    Community Health Workers and Administrators

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      Student Opportunities

      Social Work students have a number of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. In addition to internships and field immersion, students in the Social Work Club organize a number of events throughout the school year. 

      Take Back the Night. Take Back the Night features speakers from agencies throughout the area, speaking about such topics as domestic violence and empowerment, men helping men programs, rape prevention, elder abuse, children abuse and neglect mandated reporting and of course a self-defense program. The self-defense program helps students learn and enjoy workable ways to protect themselves.

      Charity Fundraising.The Social Work Club raises money to support the Dorothy Day Center with the Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program and the Angel Tree. The program and club provides gifts for a family of seven.  The Social Work Club annually raises over $300 wrapping presents for over 400 recipients. The money has been used to help a family of 4 through the AFC program and we were also able to buy gifts for several angel tree participant. 

      Students and Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy hold the Annual Lilian Kennedy memorial Tournament featuring Golf at the Iron Masters Country Club in Roaring Springs, PA. The event featured a best ball tournament, a dinner, prizes for the golfers and other activities. The event can raise over $2300 for the FSMA.

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