Social Work (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Social Work
HEGIS Number: 2104

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Mission Statement

The York College Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program is committed to undergraduate social work education of the highest academic rigor and professional relevance with a particular emphasis on serving diverse urban populations in the global context. The cohesive curriculum of the Program, built on a strong and well-integrated liberal arts base, is designed to educate students in the knowledge, skills, and values for generalist social work practice. The York College undergraduate Social Work Program prepares students for successful professional employment and advancement as well as graduate study in the field of social work.

In a perpetually changing social landscape in the United States and global demands, social work higher education institutions are continuously engaged in the practice of self-assessment, rejuvenation, and adjustment to current demographic, cultural, and economic realities. York College of the City University of New York is located in Queens County, which is one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the nation. Students who attend York College speak 84 different languages; many of them are 1st generation immigrants who represent 125 different countries. Diversity on campus and at the Program level goes beyond ethnicity and is expressed in family structure, gender, age, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, and religion.

One of the main pedagogical aspects of the York College Social Work Program is the emphasis on preparing students to work with diverse urban populations in a variety of practice settings. The complexity of the human condition in the context of a rapidly changing global environment and technological advances demands a high level of expertise and sophistication from social work practitioners. The Program prepares students through an effective integration of a liberal arts foundation with the social work knowledge base. The distinctive and effective pedagogies which characterize the York College Bachelor of Sciences degree in Social Work, equip students with a broad and cohesive generalist knowledge base and the skills that allow graduates to work competently as emerging social work practitioners and leaders, and who pursue graduate study in social work.

The Program fully subscribes to the mission of York College expressed in the 2011 Strategic Plan: "York College enriches lives and enables students to grow as passionate, engaged learners with the confidence to realize their intellectual and human potential as individuals and global citizens."

The Social Work Program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, prepares students for the beginning level of professional social work practice and for graduate school. The curriculum provides students with a solid liberal arts foundation and a generalist social work education, including professionally supervised training in agencies. Two admission procedures are required in order to advance to the upper division (SCWK 360 and above) admission to the Social Work Program; and admission to Social Work Field Education. Students also must satisfy retention criteria.

Admission to the Social Work Program

Students must apply for admission to the Social Work Program. The Program admits applicants each semester. The deadline for applications is posted in the Social Work department, Room 3A11.

The criteria for admission are as follows:

  1. Matriculation at York College with a major in Social Work
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher for both native and transfer students.
  3. A Grade of "C" or higher in SCWK 101 for both native and transfer students.
  4. Transfer social work courses at the 200 level and higher require a grade of C or higher.
  5. A completed application form.

Retention in the Social Work Program

The criteria for retention in the Social Work Program are:

  1. A grade of "C" or better in each Social Work course. Students who earn an unacceptable grade in a Social Work course have one chance to repeat the course and earn an acceptable grade. Faculty permission is required to repeat Social Work 410 or 492.
  2. Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better. (In order to graduate, Social Work majors must have a GPA of 2.50 or better).
  3. Adherence to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics and to the York College Code of Conduct.

Failure to meet any one of the criteria listed above may be grounds for the student's dismissal by faculty.

Admission to Social Work Field Education

Field Education comprises SCWK 410 and SCWK 492. Students must apply for admission to Social Work Field Education. Admission to Social Work Field Education is a prerequisite for SCWK 410 and successful completion of SCWK 410 is a prerequisite for SCWK 492.

The Program admits applicants each semester. The deadline for applications (available in 3A11) is posted in the Social Work wing. Criteria for admission to Field Education are:

  1. Admission to the Social Work Program
  2. A cumulative York College GPA of 2.50 or better
  3. A grade of "C" or better for all social work courses
  4. Successful completion of 94 or more credits by the end of the semester in which the student applies
  5. A completed application form
  6. Successful completion of all courses required for admission to the Social Work Program and successful completion of the following courses: Social Work 350, 360, 370 Writing 303

Two courses from the following:

  • BLST 202
  • ANTH 243
  • PSY 333
  • SOC 235, 333

Social Work BS


Major Discipline Requirements

Required Support Courses24-27 
ANTH101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology* 
BIO130Biology of the Brain and Behavior* 
POL103Politics and Government in the United States* 
PSY102Introductory Psychology* 
SOC101Introduction to Sociology* 
HE312Health, Communities, and Society 
PSY214Lifespan Development for Health Professions 
PSY215Human Development I – Infancy/Childhood 
PSY216Human Development II – Adolescence/Maturity 
WRIT303Research and Writing for Professional Purposes 

Human Diversity Requirement

Choose three of the following courses
ANTH243The Caribbean 
ANTH244Ethnology of Latin America 
ANTH245Ethnography of the Mediterranean, Middle East 
ANTH246Ethnology and Ethnography of North American Indians 
ANTH249Anthropology of Puerto Rico 
BLST202The Black Experience in the Caribbean 
BLST213African American Religions and Religious Practice 
BLST262Black American Culture 
BLST353Boys to Men: From Black Macho to Black Male Feminist 
HE241Sex and Sexuality 
HIST203Slavery in World History 
HIST206Women and the Family in World History 
HIST257East Asia to the Nineteenth Century 
HIST258East Asia from 1800 to the Present 
HIST262History of the Middle East 
HIST263Jewish History: From Ancient Israel until the end of the Middle Ages 
HIST264Jewish History: The Modern Period 
HIST262History of the Middle East 
HIST272African –American History 
HIST275African History until 1800 
HIST276African History from 1800 until the Present 
HIST277The Caribbean Since Columbus 
HUM250The Italian Experience in the United States 
HUM253The Haitian Experience in the USA 
PH343Sexual and Gender Minority Health (pre-req: ENG 126) 
PRST241Puerto Ricans in New York 
PRST242Puerto Rican Society and Culture I 
PSY225Psychology of Learning Disabilities 
PSY236Psychology of Women 
PSY280Psychology of Geriatrics 
PSY333Black Psychology 
SOC333Social Stratification 

Social Work Courses

SCWK101Introduction to Social Work 
SCWK203Social Welfare Programs and Policies 
SCWK293Social Work Practicum 
SCWK300Social Work Generalist Practice I 
SCWK350Social Research I 
SCWK360Human Behavior in the Social Environment 
SCWK370Social Work Generalist Practice II 
SCWK400Social Work Generalist Practice III 
SCWK410Field Placement and Seminar I 
SCWK470Social Research II 
SCWK480Social Welfare Policy 
SCWK492Field Placement and Seminar II 
Total credits 75-78 

NOTE: Courses denoted with an asterisk (*) are courses that fulfill both Pathways General Education Requirements as well as Required Support Courses for the social work major.