Social Work Minor

Founders' Way Golisano Hall
Interested in the well-being of others….

Combine your sociology, psychology, political science, public health, nursing, anthropology, or global studies major with the study of complex social problems, social welfare systems, social services, and professional social work courses. A minor in social work will prepare you to pursue a career in the growing and high-demand profession of social work.


Where a background in social work can take you.

The social work minor develops practitioners, advocates, leaders, and scholars to serve vulnerable populations.


A closer look

The program supports the core values put forth by the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics and the Council on Social Work Education and includes a field placement internship for students to demonstrate competency in skills, knowledge, values gained in coursework.


Beyond the basic

As a complement to your major area of study, the minor in social work will enhance your theoretical and practical knowledge and prepare you for acceptance into an Masters in Social Work program for those who wish to pursue a career in counseling or social services.


Meet the social work faculty.

Elena Chernyak
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Areas of expertise:
sociology, social work, women’s studies, gender-based violence and inequality, social theories, feminist theories, social psychology, family studies, Soviet/post-Soviet societies.
Reid Golden
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Areas of expertise:
medical sociology, health policy, gerontology, demography, critical incident management, criminology, educational assessment, social history of the Catskills, Irish culture and society.
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