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Social Work Department


Learn how to make a difference through our social work program, which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Are you looking for a future that brings you a sense of satisfaction along with a salary? Do you look at the world around you and say, "I want to make a difference?" If so, consider a career in professional social work!

Social Work May Not Be What You Think It Is...

Professional Social Workers:

  • Counsel adolescents in adventure‑based and wilderness programs
  • Help children and adolescents succeed in school
  • Assist victims of domestic violence
  • Help those using and abusing addictive substances, like alcohol and drugs
  • Create programs and policies that advance human rights and meet human needs
  • Promote social change and social justice
  • Earn salaries equal to those of teachers

The social work program at SUNY Plattsburgh is designed so you can:

  • Develop your appreciation of human diversity
  • Learn to work with people of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Explore international aspects of human well‑being
  • Become part of a friendly, active student community and student association that hosts social, cultural, educational, and service activities
  • Prepare for employment or graduate school
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