Bachelor of Science in Social Work


The Nyack College Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW) program uses a Christian context to prepare students to be generalist social work professionals who provide service with competence, compassion, and the highest ethical integrity. By equipping students with the requisite knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession, Nyack’s BSW program aims to raise social workers who can enhance the well-being of all people and communities, and promote a just and caring environment in a complex and interrelated global society.

Why Study Social Work at Nyack?

Nyack provides a social work education in a Christian higher education context that models the integration of Christian faith and learning. Nyack’s Social Work program provides a personally transformative environment that

  • helps students find meaning and purpose in their work as they respond to their calling through the vocation of social work;

  • fosters virtues that are essential for social work practice via personal and spiritual development; and

  • cultivates a community in which all students experience acceptance and support.

What Will I Study?

Nyack’s social work curriculum is designed to help students develop the necessary competencies for their profession. Upon graduation, students will be able to do the following:

1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct themselves accordingly.

2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide their professional practice.        

3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate their professional judgments.      

4. Engage diversity and difference in their practice.          

5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice. 

6.  Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.         

7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.    

8. Engage in policy practices that advance social and economic well-being and deliver effective social work services.          

9. Respond to the contexts that shape their practice.

10. Engage, assess, evaluate, and intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.    

11.  Integrate their personal Christian faith with their professional social work practice.

Career Opportunities

Social workers provide services that increase the quality of life of all people by helping them cope and overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges. Social workers have a commitment to promoting social justice and increasing opportunities for vulnerable populations.

Social workers provide individual, family, and group therapy; offer crisis prevention and intervention; collaborate with communities to develop necessary social and economic resources; advocate; and participate in political action.  

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for social workers is projected to grow twelve percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Settings in which social workers practice include:

  • mental health agencies

  • schools

  • hospitals

  • counseling centers

  • child welfare agencies

  • adoption/foster agencies

  • international social work agencies

  • violence prevention/victim assistance

  • older adult services

  • probation and parole agencies

  • political advocacy

Our Graduates

Graduates of our Social Work program have become catalysts who help transform the lives of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

They are employed locally and nationally in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals, and private practices.

We also have graduates who are working globally, including in Ecuador, Kenya, India, Nepal, and the Philippines, serving the poor and the vulnerable.

Key Faculty

Dr. Carol R. Awasu teaches both micro and macro courses, including Interpersonal Communication Skills, Foundations of Justice, and Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations. Her research interests include social work and Christianity and family violence.  She received both her MSW and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University.

DeVonne Allen teaches Human Behavior and the Social Environment and field instruction courses. Her research interests include community center practice and faith-based services.  She holds an MSW degree from Fordham University and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Fordham University.

Dr. James Long teaches clinical courses drawing from his more than 20 years of experience in social service agencies and private practice. These courses include Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families, Interpersonal Communication Skills, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment. His research interests include forgiveness and marital satisfaction. He holds an MSW degree from New York University and a D.Th. in counseling from Master’s Graduate School. Dr. Long is a DSW candidate at Capella University.  

Dr. Kwiryung Yun teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Compassionate Catalysts, and Social Work in Global Contexts. She has a background in both micro and macro levels of social work and brings a global perspective to the program based on her international experiences in Korea, China, the Philippines, Russia, and the Middle East. She developed a course, Children and Poverty in Southeast Asia, and takes students to the Philippines every year. Her research interests include stress and coping among social work students. She received both her MSW and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



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“The highlights of my experience in Nyack’s BSW program include the small class sizes, the accessibility of the professors, and the fact that students and faculty alike are actively involved in bringing about social change, even outside of the classroom. The small class sizes allowed me to develop close friendships with my fellow students, whom I still keep in touch with today.” Lebeka Shin, Class of 2007

"Being part of Nyack's BSW program changed my life. I have not only grown as a person, but as a Christian. I have learned so much about myself, and this has enlightened and strengthen the relationships that I have with my family, friends, and loved ones.” Jazmel E.Guzman, Class of 2016

“The BSW program has been a gateway to my personal transformation and spiritual growth. It was an eye-opening experience. I have learned to be a professional, reflect the gospel, and serve all people with the love of Christ. In addition, I have learned my career path and spiritual walk are not two separate things, but go hand in hand.” Desiree Claudio, Class of 2016