Social Work Major

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Anna Maria College's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program prepares students for a variety of careers in public and private social work settings, for social work licensure, and for further study, often in a Master’s of Social Work Program.  The Program assists students as they prepare for professional practice by expanding their social work knowledge base, by teaching changing technologies, and by addressing increasingly complex human and social concerns.

Following professional tradition, the Program prepares baccalaureate-level students for generalist practice by utilizing program activities, course work, and field experiences that use a strength-based, person-in-environment frame of reference.  These learning opportunities focus on the promotion of human well-being by strengthening the opportunities, resources, and capacities people have and by creating policies and services to correct conditions that limit human quality of life. Emphasis is placed upon values derived from the Catholic tradition, including the value of the human person, the common good of humanity, moral and ethical growth, and responsible action in unjust situations, as well as effective work in family and community systems.  Additionally, the program addresses specific overarching issues, such as spirituality, economic and social justice, ethics and discrimination.

The program has a strong field placement component, with students completing a 40-hour internship during the second semester of their junior year and a 425-hour field placement during their senior year.  In addition, students in their freshmen and sophomore years complete 40 and 80 hours of volunteer work respectively, as a means of exposing them to diverse and vulnerable populations and introducing them to the field and social work world view.  The integration of these knowledge elements, values, and skills are the foundation for competent and effective professional social work practice.

Students may begin their social work major in the first semester. However, students are not formally admitted to the social work program until the completion of a review process at the end of the sophomore year.

View the Courseload for the Social Work Major

In addition to general requirements, students take the following specific courses:

Introduction to Sociology
Principles of Economics
Social Welfare as a Social Institution
Racial and Cultural Minorities
Social Welfare Policies
Interventive Methods I
Growth and Behavior and Social Environment I
Growth and Behavior and Social Environment II
Marriage and the Family
Research Methods in Social Work
Interventive Methods II
Field Work and Seminar (two semesters)
Interventive Methods III
Interventive Methods IV
Senior Seminar
Just In:

Anna Maria College announces that its social work program recently completed its re-affirmation process through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has once again been fully accredited until February 2019.  AMC has been a CSWE fully accredited program since 1974 and the only Bachelor of Social Work program in the Central Massachusetts region.  AMC students in the social work program conduct many of their practicums and internship programs at area non-profit and social service agencies.

 The social work program is directed by Jude Gonsalvez, Ph.D.   Dr. Gonsalvez is a graduate of The American College and the Madurai Law College, both of which are located in Madurai, India.  He received his master’s degree from Loyola College in Chennrai and his Ph.D. from Madras Christian College through the University of Madras, Chennai, India. 

NEW Social Welfare Minor
A minor in social welfare will provide students with the knowledge and values of social justice and practice that will equip them to function well in their chosen profession. The courses offered in the minor will acquaint students in other majors and pre-professional programs that interface with social work (e.g., sociology, psychology, anthropology, health science, education, criminal justice, counseling, business, pre-law, sports, recreation) with the evolution of the social welfare structure in the United States (SWK 242), the policies that result in social welfare programs (SWK 342) and populations at particular risk (SWK 307 and SWK 348/349).

View the required courses for the Social Work minor

Required Courses Credits (18 Total)
SWK 242  Introduction to Social Welfare as a Social Institution 
SWK 307   Racial and Cultural Minorities                                            
SWK 348 or 349 Human Behavior and Social Environment I or II         
SWK 348 or 349 Human Behavior and Social Environment I or II        
Six additional credits (300-400 level) in social work elective courses       
Excluded are those courses which are restricted to social work majors, and include:   SWK 401 Research Methods; SWK Methods and Field Internships sequence SWK 334, 443, 448, 449, 445 and 446; and SWK 454 Senior Seminar.

> Download the "Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes" for the Baccalaureate Social Work Program.
Click HERE for our Social Work Completion Program

For more information, please contact:

Jude Gonsalvez
Program Director
(508) 849-3335