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B.A. in Social Work

Social Work StudentThe 128-credit B.A. in Social Work seeks to train entry-level social work practitioners and prepare them to meet the growing, unique and varied social service needs of the diverse communities of Brooklyn and the greater New York area. These practitioners will have strong clinical, advocacy and administrative skills that they will put to use in community-based organizations across the region. The first accredited social work program in Brooklyn, the B.A. in Social Work places emphasis on working with the growing geriatric population; with racially, ethnically and socially diverse groups; and with immigrant populations.

The program distinguishes itself by tailoring the curriculum to reflect and to respond to the educational needs of a non-traditional, ethnically diverse student body, that will in turn, work with an equally diverse population of more than 4,000,000 people in Brooklyn. It further distinguishes itself by affording local community-based organizations with the opportunity to articulate their needs for well-trained generalists, by allowing them to have input into the nature of the program's curriculum. In addition to preparing students for careers in social work, the program also prepares students who seek to pursue a graduate degree in social work and in other related fields. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) Program at LIU Brooklyn is to guide a diverse student body on a path of critical inquiry with the goal of building competent, compassionate and committed generalist practitioners. The program, grounded in the professions knowledge, skills, and values, teaches students to become civically engaged by developing a nurturing learning community, both in the classroom and in the field. The program challenges students to work toward a just, equitable, and caring society that is free from oppression and discrimination.

The mission of the program is consistent with Long Island University’s (LIU) historic mission of “[opening] the doors of the city and the world to men and women of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, who wish to achieve the satisfaction of the educated life and to serve the public good.” The program is committed to preparing graduates for entry-level generalist social work practice and for advanced study in social work, while simultaneously addressing the needs of the urban social service agencies, particularly in Brooklyn and the surrounding area.

Program Goals

In accordance with its mission and the mission of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the B.A. in Social Work seeks to: 

  • To prepare students with the foundation in social work knowledge, skills, and core values necessary for generalist practice with diverse populations, across different settings, and with clients systems at micro, mezzo, and macro levels.  
  • To advance social work values and ethics emphasizing a commitment to promote social change, social justice, and diversity while incorporating a global perspective.   
  • To educate students for practice serving diverse populations with respect and dignity, and without discrimination, in order to promote well-being and enhance the functioning of urban populations, with special attention to age, economic status, race, ethnicity, culture, family structure, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability, health, mental health, national origin, citizenship status, religion, and spirituality.  
  • To work closely and collaboratively with community resources to achieve mutually beneficial goals.  
  • To prepare students for graduate social work education.