Social Work

Be an Everyday Hero in Your Community with a Bachelors in Social Work Degree

Social work majors seek to understand the challenges people face in order to help them overcome, whether it's school or medical social work, adoption services, or help coping with anxiety, addiction, or grief and loss counseling, to name a few. It is a career where you can truly make a difference in someone’s life every day. And as a Keuka College social work major, you’ll be prepared to work in a rapidly changing, multicultural society. This professional degree is nationally recognized, and our students are prepared and encouraged to pursue advanced standing master’s level social work after graduation.

Keuka College’s BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and actively integrates your coursework with hands-on, practical experience. In fact, the College was first among New York’s private and public colleges and universities in 2019 in terms of the number of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work.


An Internship Every Year

Every student completes an internship (we call it Field Period®) every year. You get hands-on learning that combines classroom work with real-world experiences. A popular reason students choose Keuka College, Field Period® offers you a huge advantage entering the career of your choice. In fact, more than 94% of alumni say Field Period® was important in developing their careers.

Field Practicum

During your field practicum seminar course, you’ll be placed as a professional-in-training in a human service agency. You’ll work side-by-side with licensed field instructors in a safe, supervised environment—paving the way for you to transition from student to professional.

Faculty in Practice

Our faculty members will guide you through lectures, seminars, workshops, simulations, and case studies in social work. Each of your professors come to the classroom with years of real-world, professional experience, and are on the forefront of adapting to every change in this profession. They are highly committed to teaching the next generation of Social Workers.

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Keuka College’s BSW program will prepare you for a lifetime of work that is crucial to public health and wellness.

In combination with your classes, you will have opportunities for field work, research, and faculty mentorship to provide the foundation necessary to begin your career in this rewarding and much-needed field.

Keuka College’s BSW program brings a holistic understanding of social work principles through a blend of classroom and experiential, hands-on learning. You will learn from faculty whose life’s work is focused on advancing social justice and the practice of social work.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including schools, hospitals, adoption, mental health, social welfare, aging programs, community outreach, family and youth services, and many more. 

What Can I Do with a Social Work Degree?

A Social Work Degree is Incredibly Versatile and opens a world of career opportunities including as a:

  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Foster Care Case Manager
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • School Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Family Counselor

Earn Your Master’s in Social Work

Keuka College also offers a MSW program in both a hybrid and fully on-line format. With two MSW Programs to choose from, either the Foundations or Advanced Standing program, depending upon what your bachelor’s degree is in, you’ll have the hands-on, practical experience prospective employers are looking for.

Hybrid Format

With life changing rapidly, our hybrid MSW program is structured to offer you the flexibility to adjust as you have to. We balance in-person class experiences with virtual classes, homework, assignments, and meetings. Click here to learn more.

Fully Online

It’s never been more convenient to further your education. Coursework is flexible and 100% online to suit your schedule, and cutting-edge technology offers meaningful interactions among students and faculty. Click here to find out how far an online MSW degree from Keuka College can take you.

Keuka College's Field Period

Much More Than An Annual Internship

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“With Field Period®, I learned what I believe is the true value of helping another, simply because you can. That is not something that can be taught in a classroom—it’s something that you simply have to feel. It is amazing what you can learn out there, and most of the time, ‘getting out there’ is the only way to truly learn it.”

Miranda Milan ’19

Where Can a Social Work Field Period Take You?

  • Advocacy and Community Organization
  • Child and Family Welfare
  • Corporations
  • Elected Office
  • Health Systems and Hospitals
  • Mental Health Clinics 
  • Prisons
  • Private Practices 
  • Public and Private Agencies
  • Schools 
  • Senior Centers

At Keuka College, your social work faculty are more than just great teachers. They’re seasoned professionals and innovative educators committed to your success. With background and expertise in traumatic brain injury, youth and adolescent counseling, women’s rights issues, solution-focused casework practice, advocacy for the disabled and underserved populations, mood disorders, effects of the child welfare system, and domestic violence, each of your professors come to the classroom with real-world, clinical experience.

They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals, paving the way to improve the health of the nation and the world.


Keuka College’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. 

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Learning Outcomes

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires all programs to measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of CSWE.
Click Here to Download the Keuka College Assessment of Student Learning Form (2023)

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  • Keuka College is test optional and believes there's much more to you than just a test score. The admissions committee considers all application materials in its holistic review of your eligibility. 
  • There is no deadline to apply, and we offer rolling admissions. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll receive your admissions decision and scholarship. In most cases, you'll receive a response from us within 1-2 weeks. 

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