School of Social Work

60 Year Anniversary

Study at Syracuse University to become a social worker

Social workers have a strong internal push to dedicate their lives to serving others. They are determined to be catalysts for positive and lasting change. There are more than 650,000 professionally trained social workers in the United States today. Because they experience society’s most pressing issues up close, social workers are well-informed and ideally suited to shape policy and oversee its implementation on the local, state and national levels.

Thousands of professional social workers have earned their social work degrees at Syracuse University and find themselves in rewarding social work careers today. Our programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) are rigorous, requiring field placement in addition to social work courses. Our Office of Field Instruction has long-standing relationships with more than one hundred human service agencies, offering opportunities for students to train in human service and government organizations, school systems, correctional facilities, mental health clinics and hospitals. In many instances, students are hired upon graduation in the same agencies where they’ve held field placement positions. Job opportunities for social workers are expected to increase much faster than average for other occupations, with anticipated growth areas encompassing mental health, substance use disorders, services specific to veterans and their families, child welfare, health care and gerontology.

Falk College’s academic portfolio in Social Work includes:

Opportunities for research with faculty abound, with topics including childhood bullying and school violence, combat-related PTSD, family caregiving, aging issues, and disability issues among many others. Want to become a social worker? Graduates of Falk College’s School of Social Work have unlimited potential to change the world. The change you want to see in the world starts with you—and it starts today.

Recent News

Students, faculty, staff participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Students, faculty, staff participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of ServiceIn recognition of the 60th anniversary of the School of Social Work in Falk College, the Syracuse University community was invited to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16 from 9:00 a.m. to ... Read more

Falk student-athlete Justyn Knight finds connections in social work and sports Falk student-athlete Justyn Knight finds connections in social work and sportsSocial work student Justyn Knight ’18 is noticing what it takes to work in the helping professions. By learning about others, and about himself, Knight says he is feeding his passion for lifting others up. “The thing I enjoy most ... Read more

Social work students explore gun violence at James L. Stone Legislative Policy Forum Social work students explore gun violence at James L. Stone Legislative Policy ForumStudents in Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in Falk College recently explored one of the most complex and difficult issues in America today: the unsettling interactions between gun violence, community relations, trauma and racial justice. With a focus on ... Read more

Research training program for veterans now accepting applications Research training program for veterans now accepting applicationsTo improve access to undergraduate research experiences in the area of trauma for groups typically underrepresented in this research, including veterans, a collaborative venture between Syracuse University’s Falk College, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is now recruiting students ... Read more

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