Earn a Social Work Degree That Makes an Impact
Marist Social Work students want to help people. For Marist students, social work is more than just a job–it is a means with which to improve lives and communities. With the expert faculty, research opportunities, field experience, and community focus of our Social Work Major, you’ll have the tools to do just that.
Social Work grounded in service...
In the Marist Social Work degree, we place a great deal of emphasis on service-learning, which brings together faculty, students, and community organizations in order to link learning goals with civic responsibility and community empowerment. As a part of the curriculum, students are engaged in either a consciousness-raising project on campus or work with a community organization to address a social need. Students have worked to stomp out stigma against mental health illness, increase equity for the LGBTQ community, raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment on campus, and push for fossil fuel divestment on campus. Hasion Gaston '20, featured below, created a series of social-emotional workshops for local youth during his Tarver Internship. He facilitated eight seminars ranging from value trees to personal reflections on leadership to vision boards.
Social Work Faculty Focused on You
Each member of Marist’s Social Work faculty is either a former or practicing social worker. They are all at the top of their field with a diverse range of experiences working with a variety of populations. But the most important quality that our faculty provide is their dedication to your future. Our small class sizes allow our faculty to attain one-on-one relationships with each student and to closely advise you throughout your academic career at Marist.
For example, Associate Professor of Social Work Daria Hanssen was recently recognized for her teaching philosophies. She said, “I’m guided by the importance of human relationships, dignity and respect for students, integrity, and social justice. I’m a student-centered teacher.”
Develop the Skills You Need to Succeed
Students are ready to work as generalist practitioners with a variety of populations coping with a range of challenges.
Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.
Students become engaging public speakers, able to read an audience and generate productive discussion.
...and put them to work in the field.
Marist’s Social Work major, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), requires and inspires our students to gain sufficient experience in the field. In fact, our students engage in a year-long Field Education Internship their senior year with placement opportunities specific to your interests and career goals. Below are only a few examples of internship placements our students have utilized to not only meet their fieldwork requirement, but to experience their future while still in college.
Utilize internships to find your focus.
Marist Social Work by the Numbers
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.