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

Broadway, Ryans Receive Social Justice Awards at March 6 Program Broadway, Ryans Receive Social Justice Awards at March 6 ProgramIn commemoration of National Professional Social Work Month during March, the School of Social Work in Falk College presented its annual Dan and Mary Lou Rubenstein Social Justice Award program on Monday, March 6 at 6:45 p.m. in Heroy Auditorium. ... Read more

Freshman empowers young girls through Straighten Your Crown Freshman empowers young girls through Straighten Your CrownBy Caroline Schagrin, staff writer. Courtesy of The Daily Orange. Once a week, Maddy Oliva goes to Clary Middle School to talk about women empowerment. Oliva, a freshman social work major, works with the Syracuse University organization Straighten Your Crown, where she acts ... 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

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

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Upcoming Events

Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Mystic Mountain
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State (NYS), presents “Equine-Assisted Therapies: Lessons from Horses for Helping Professionals.” This course will…
May 5 – May 6 all-day ASI Conference Room 312
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, will offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Basic Training this spring/summer. …
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Conference Room A, Catholic Charities,
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State (NYS), presents “Restoring Hope and Rebuilding Lives: Working with Resettled Refugees in the…
Jun 9 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Catholic Charities, Conference Room A
The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, presents: Moving Beyond Fear: New Understandings and Practical Skills for the Treatment of…
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Catholic Charities, Conference Room A
LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, presents : Death and Dying. This presentation is designed to help professionals identify how they can improve the experience of dying and bereaved people. It will explore issues…