Social Work Department

Are you a good listener, find that friends seek your support and advice? Do you want to make a difference in the world by helping people with their problems? Are you interested in human rights and social justice? Would you like a professional career? If “yes,” you may want to consider studying social work.

Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) education equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values for a professional helping career in a variety of settings (schools, hospitals, poverty programs, addiction services, shelters, etc).

  • Employers recognize BSW graduates as entry level professionals
  • MSW grad schools offer advanced standing options to those from an accredited BSW program, earning a Master's Degree in Social Work in less than 2 years!
  • Siena' s BSW Program has been accredited since 1985

“The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” - Code of Ethics





Department Chair

Carla Sofka

Carla J. Sofka

Professor of Social Work

309 Rosetti Hall

(518) 786‑5046

Student Profile

Erica Salcedo

Erica Salcedo

Class of 2014

Social Work Major

Queens, N.Y.

Erica decided to check out Siena because the admissions counselor she met a local college fair was so nice.