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Division of Social Work and Social Science

(Robert Wesleyan College)

New York

Overview

The Division of Social Work and Social Science offers courses which meet the requirements of the several majors listed below. In addition, many students with other majors elect specific courses offered by this Division in order to enhance and supplement their programs or careers.

Through all of its courses, the Division seeks to meet the College s general goals while instilling an understanding of modern economic, political, and social institutions. Teaching methods are used to facilitate the acquisition of critical thinking, computation, and communication skills. The emphasis in each major is on the integration of Judeo-Christian heritage and ethics with discipline content. With a balance of liberal arts and methods courses, students are prepared for further study at the graduate level and for entry level professional positions.

The behavioral and social sciences have an academic orientation and a service orientation. Academically, the emphasis is on scientific inquiry, accepted facts, and theory. The service orientation is found primarily in social work, gerontology, criminal justice, and some psychology courses.

 

Programs

Graduate Programs

Master of Social Work

United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsThe Master of Social Work Program has an academically challenging, cutting edge curriculum with a supportive faculty and staff. It is the only Council on Social Work Education accredited MSW program in a Christian Coalition of Colleges and Universities institution. It is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is approved by the New York State Department of Education.

The MSW prepares graduates for advanced social work practice in three areas, Child and Family Services, Physical and Mental Health Services, and Church Social Work.  

A unique characteristic of the program is the goal of infusing the curriculum with content on spirituality and religion. Special attention is given to low-income populations, a historic commitment of the profession.

An Advanced Standing program is available to students holding a CSWE-accredited undergraduate Social Work degree and a GPA of 3. 25 or higher. Advanced standing allows students to complete the program in a summer and an academic year.

A four year Part-Time Program is also available for students who can take only a few courses each semester.

A dual degree opportunity is available with Northeastern Seminary in their Master of Divinity program

Master of Psychology

United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsMaster of Science Degree programs are available in School Psychology and School Counseling, as well as Master of Arts: Counseling in Ministry.   The curriculum is based in and motivated by the College s Christian context.   Uniquely, the programs include exploration of Judeo-Christian perspectives in Psychology.

These Master s Programs continue Roberts Wesleyan s long history and reputation of preparing for service, students who are marked by character, competence and skill.   You will find these to be high quality programs which prepare you well for a successful and satisfying career of service to others.

These are rigorous, professional education programs.   Courses are scheduled in the late afternoons and evenings, and in a few cases, Saturdays for your convenience.   The programs may be taken full-time with 12 15 credit hours each semester, or part-time which entail, 6 9 credit hours each semester.

In order to maintain the developmental sequence of the graduate programs, both full and part-time students are admitted in August, only.

 

Psychology, B. S.

Master of Science Degree programs are available in School Psychology, School Counseling, and Master of Arts: Counseling in Ministry.   The curriculum is based in and motivated by the College s Christian context.   Uniquely, the programs include exploration of Judeo-Christian perspectives in Psychology.

These Master s Programs continue Roberts Wesleyan s long history and reputation of preparing for service, students who are marked by character, competence and skill.   I believe you will find each of these programs to be of high quality which will prepare you well for a successful and satisfying career of service to others.

These are rigorous, professional education programs.   Courses are scheduled in the late afternoons and evenings, and in a few cases, Saturdays for your convenience.   The programs may be taken full-time with 12 15 credit hours each semester, or part-time which entail 6 9 credit hours each semester.

In order to maintain the developmental sequence of the graduate programs, both full and part-time students are admitted in August, only.

Social Work, B. S.

The BSW program prepares students for a variety of professional positions in agencies that help people with life s problems. Often, though not always, people in need of social service assistance are people with low-income. A social worker might work in jobs ranging from adoptions to counseling pregnant teenagers to helping grieving parents in a hospital, and an incredibly diverse variety of other kinds of helping jobs. The BSW programs helps prepare students to work in any type of social work setting. Roberts Wesleyan College BSW program is unique because of our Christian perspective on how to help people.

Students come into Roberts Wesleyan College as freshman or transfer students. (Transfer students should set up an appointment with the BSW Program Director as soon as possible to be sure they are taking the right courses to graduate on time. ) Freshman should take Introduction to Contemporary Social Work in their very first semester. This course exposes students to the range of social work opportunities. Beginning in this first semester students have their first experience in providing services to people in need. Each November the BSW program transports students to the Rochester Salvation Army Christmas Voucher Program. Students interview low-income people for eligibility to receive food and gifts for Christmas.

During the first two years of the BSW program students take a few social work courses, but primarily students take liberal arts courses to provide a firm knowledge base. These courses include history, biology, writing, literature, Bible and numerous other classes. At the beginning of the junior year social work students are interviewed for formal admission into the major. At that point students must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2. 25, must show emotional maturity, have good communication skills and show potential to work as a professional social worker.

In the second semester of the junior year students engage in a 6 hour per week agency placement. We work hard to help students be placed in agencies that interest them. This is often the first opportunity students have to experience the type of work they want to spend their career doing. The junior placement is only part-time, while students are taking classes to help them prepare for practice.

In the senior year the last semester is a full time placement in a field agency. Students who found their junior placement a good fit often continue on in the same agency. Other students find they want to try a different type of agency.

By the time students graduate each has the practical skills to begin working as a professional social worker. Some students elect to continue on into advanced standing in a graduate social work program. In order to be accepted into the advanced standing program at Roberts Wesleyan College (reducing a 2 year MSW program to 1 year) students must have a 3. 25 grade point average.  

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Robert Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624-1997

Tel: (585) 594-6000

Fax: (585) 594-6371

Website: http://www.roberts.edu/

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Graduate Programs

Master of Social Work

Master of Psychology

 

Majors

Criminal Justice, B. S. Gerontology, B. A. Psychology, B. S.

Social Work, B. S.

Sociology, B. A.

 

Minors

Criminal Justice

Gerontology

Psychology

Social Welfare

Sociology

 



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