School of Social Welfare

Lynn Videka-Sherman

Associate Dean
Anne E. Fortune

Director, Undergraduate Program
Susan R. Sherman


Distinguished Service Professor

Shirley J. Jones, D.S.W.
Columbia University

Professors Emeritae/i

Donald L. Cohen, M.S.W.
Columbia University

Maureen Didier, D.S.W.
Smith College

Steven Pflanczer, Ph.D.
Loyola University

Aaron Rosenblatt, D.S.W.
Columbia University

Edmund Sherman, Ph.D.
Bryn Mawr College

Max Siporin, D.S.W.
University of Pittsburgh


Burton Gummer, Ph.D.
Bryn Mawr College

Jan L. Hagen, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

William J. Reid, D.S.W.
Columbia University

Susan R. Sherman, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Theodore J. Stein, D.S.W.
University of California, Berkeley

Sheldon S. Tobin, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Ronald W. Toseland, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Lynn Videka-Sherman, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Associate Professors

Julie S. Abramson, Ph.D.
Bryn Mawr College

Bonnie E. Carlson, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Anne E. Fortune, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Barry M. Loneck, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University

Janet D. Perloff, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

William D. Roth, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Carolyn Smith, Ph.D.
University at Albany

Assistant Professors

Julian Chow, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University

Susan B. Lyman, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Philip McCallion, Ph.D.
University at Albany

Blanca Ramos, Ph.D.
University at Albany

Carla Sofka, Ph.D.
Washington University


Neil J. Cervera. Ph.D.
New York University

Motier F. Haskins, M.S.W.
Syracuse University

Mary L. McCarthy, M.S.W.
University at Albany

Professional Staff

Frances Lawrance, Ph.D.
University at Albany

Jeffrey Moore, B.A.
University at Albany

Bonita W. Sanchez, M.S.W.
University at Albany

Adjuncts (estimated): 2
Teaching Assistants (estimated): 1

The objectives of the undergraduate social work major (B.S.) is to prepare students for beginning social work. The program serves the liberal education needs for students interested in the social sciences and human services professions. Part-time study is possible. The B.S. in social work qualifies graduates for advanced standing in some M.S.W. programs.

The Master in Social Welfare (M.S.W.) prepares students for advanced social work practice. These positions generally require advanced theoretical, practice, research, management and/or policy analysis skills.

The School of Social Welfare offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in social welfare, a Master of Social Welfare (M.S.W.) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The School of Social Welfare also sponsors the Ringel Institute of Gerontology, the Center for Social Work Practice Research, and a Continuing Education Program.

Both the B.S. and M.S.W. degree programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for all schools of social work.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Social Welfare

General Program

B.S.: Within the general credit requirements of a Bachelor of Science, the school advises in the selection of the required 66 credits for a combined major and minor in social welfare.

Of the 66 credits: (a) 18-19 credits represent the elementary base; (b) 15 credits represent the advanced base; (c) the remaining 33 credits constitute the core requirements for a major in social welfare.

In addition, it is recommended that prospective social welfare majors elect R Ssw 290 (Community Service) in their sophomore year.

Elementary Base: (18-19 credits), required courses to be taken preferably prior to admission to the program.

A Psy 101M; A Soc 115G or 115M; A Bio 110F or 110N (or one of A Ant 102, 104, 119N, 313Z, 319, 411, 412, 450Z, A Bio 102N, 209N); R Pos 101M or 101G; R Ssw 200; R Ssw 210.

Advanced Base: (15 credits), required courses that build upon the elementary base.

A Psy 203 or A Psy 327 or A Psy 338 or A Soc 380; A Soc 260 or 260Z or A Psy 270; A Soc 282M; a statistics course from: A Mat 108, R Crj 281, A Psy 210, A Soc 221 or B Msi 220 or equivalent; and 3 credits as advised

Core Requirements: (33 credits); R Ssw 301, 302Z, 304, 305, 322, 400, 406, 409, 410, 421, 451.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the social welfare major must complete an application process. Admission to the program is competitive. Applications are accepted in the spring semester of the student's sophomore year for entrance into the fall semester of the junior year. Transfer students who will have completed 56 credits should apply during the spring of the year for which they are seeking fall admission.

Those wishing to enter the major should have the elementary base completed prior to entrance into the program in the junior year. Admissions decisions are based on the following criteria: