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Social Work Department


The mission of the Department of Social Work is to provide quality social work education to undergraduate and graduate students and to advance knowledge through study, practice, and research.  The goals of the Department are:
  • Educating social workers to be effective practitioners and leaders in the public and private sectors
  • Preparing social workers to promote economic and social justice, as well as human rights, through policy practice
  • Preparing social workers to evaluate their practice and to be informed consumers of research and scholarship
  • Creating and strengthening community partnerships that promote the Department and University’s shared commitment to scholarship, professional preparation, and advocacy.
Phone: 203-392-6550
Fax: (203) 392-6580


Southern Connecticut State University is the only campus in the Connecticut State University System to offer both the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and the Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree.

The BSW program prepares students for entry-level professional social work positions and for advancement to graduate social work education.  The MSW program prepares students for specialized clinical social work practice and for leadership in the social work profession.   The DSW is a professional doctorate that prepares social workers for advanced clinical practice, university teaching, and management. 

The social work faculty is committed to providing a rigorous yet supportive learning environment with small classes and collaborative research opportunities.  Students enjoy a wealth of field practice opportunities in the city of New Haven and throughout Connecticut. 


The BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education