Students are ready to work as generalist practitioners with a variety of populations coping with a range of challenges.
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.
Develop the Skills You Need to Succeed
Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.
Experience hones workplace demeanor and guides ethical decision making in employment settings.
Students become engaging public speakers, able to read an audience and generate productive discussion.
Students master the technology platforms that will support their success in any work environment.
Students use empirical tools to develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and form evidence-based conclusions.
Field Experience For Your Future
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.
Marist Social Work by the Numbers
Ninety-nine percent of School of Social and Behavioral Sciences graduates are employed or attending graduate school within the first 6 months of graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is projected to grow eleven percent in the next 10 years, much faster than the national average for employment rate.
New York State has the second highest employment rate in the nation for child, family, and school social workers.
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.