Social Work Program (BSSW)
Welcome to the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Social work is a respected helping profession that seeks to alleviate human suffering, improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable in society, and ensure equal access to resources. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings (schools, hospitals, child welfare agencies, homeless shelters, battered women’s centers, criminal justice settings, and more) where they work on a variety of issues (school violence, end-of-life care, sexual assault, poverty, hate crimes, disasters, disabilities and more). Social work is grounded in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics with a commitment to diversity, self-determination and social and economic justice.
This is an exciting time in the history of CSI’s social work program. We are undergoing accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); moved to new offices in the library; hiring new faculty; increasing BSSW student enrollment; and, just received state approval to start a Master of Social Work program. This year, our BSSW program had our last site visit from CSWE (our accrediting body) and our site visitor is recommending us for initial accreditation. If we receive accreditation, all students entering our program since the fall, 2011 will be considered to have graduated from an accredited program.
Social work students engage their learning both in and out of the classroom. In their senior year, social work majors are placed in one of 49 social service agencies serving Staten Island and/or the surrounding area. In this 480 hour field internship, social work knowledge, values and skills are brought together in real-life settings, working with vulnerable people from a variety of backgrounds on a variety of social problems.
Social work is a challenging and rewarding profession with endless opportunities to help others, solve problems and change the world. If you, too, believe in making a difference, we invite you to join us in the BSSW program.
Lacey Sloan, Ph.D., MSSW, BSW
Director, Social Work program
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work