Social Work

Social Work applicants must complete an application for entrance into the program, plus have an interview with departmental faculty before being informed of acceptance. A student must complete 45 credits before making formal application to the program. See departmental Student Handbook for additional information.

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Major: 65 credits
Social Work: 52 credits
SW 201, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 316, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 407, 408.
Plus 9 elective credits selected from: SW 202, 203, 209, 211, 231, 347.
Related Areas: 13 credits
BIO 109; MAT 208 or 209; 3 credits in Psychology; 3 credits in Sociology.

No life experience or work experience credits are accepted for this program.

Gerontology Programs

Two programs, a gerontology minor and certificate of completion, are offered in gerontology to help students meet the rapidly expanding job market in the field of geriatrics.

A minor in gerontology offers one-to-one involvement with older adults, class experience in a variety of geriatric settings, and the theory necessary to work effectively with this population.

Minor: 18 credits
Required: SW 201, 203, 209, 211, 305, 316.

Certificate of Completion: 12 credits
The certificate of completion program is designed for individuals who have never attended college or who have a degree and want to complete this specialization.
Required Courses: SW 203, 209, 211.

Program Requirement:
Students who achieve junior status must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 to remain in good academic standing within the Social Work Program. Students may repeat/delete only one Social Work course throughout the program.

Marywood University Master of Social Work
Alvernia University offers Marywood University’s Master of Social Work on our campus. Students have an opportunity to complete this degree largely on Alvernia’s campus. See the Program Director for the Marywood Program in the Graduate Center for further details.

Contact Information

Img: Joan Lewis

Joan Lewis, Ph.D., ACSW
Social Work Program Director
Associate Professor 

     Bernardine Hall Room 125
     Phone: 610.796.8264

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