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Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP)

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

If you have a passion for social justice, or a strong desire to help improve people’s lives, Keuka College’s social work program provides the opportunity to effect change.

Our students are prepared to work in a rapidly changing, multicultural society with coursework that blends theory with practical application. Classes in community outreach, service planning, advocacy, case management and crisis intervention will help you promote themes of social justice and social responsibility.

You’ll learn how to assist others with daily living skills, help them obtain needed services and improve the quality of their lives. Hone your skills during your capstone course, Field Practicum, where you’ll be placed as a professional-in-training in a human service agency.

Through class time and study, you’ll be prepared for careers in a variety of fields, including substance abuse, mental health, social welfare, women’s resource services, aging programs, community outreach, and family, children and youth services.

If you’re thinking about earning a master’s degree in social work, our accreditation with the Commission on Social Work Education (CSWE) allows you to apply for advanced standing. With advanced standing, you can graduate with a master’s degree in one year, instead of the traditional two. Our students are both prepared and encouraged to pursue master’s level social work education and training.

For more information about becoming a student, including admissions requirements, click here. 

Attend class one night each week. Finish your degree in about 3 years if you have prior college credit.

Program Curriculum

The B.S. in Social Work curriculum consists of 15 courses and 56 credit hours. For planning purposes, classes meet one night each week for four hours. Students spend additional time outside of class to complete readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Title Credits
EXP 300 Foundations for Adult & Exp Learning 1
ENG 300 College Writing for Transfer Students 4
INS 301A Integrative Studies: Creativity 3
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 211 Generalist Social Work Practice I 3
SWK 221 Human Behavior and Social Environment I 3
SWK 201 Social Welfare Policy and Services I 3
SWK 332 Group Processes 3
SWK 220 Ethics and Diversity in Social Work 3
SWK 302 Social Work Research Methods 3
SWK 312 General Social Work Practice II 3
SWK 351 Generalist Social Work Practice III 3
SWK 401 Social Welfare Policies and Services II 3
SWK 421 Human Behavior and Social Environment II 3
SWK 450 Senior Practicum and Seminar 15

*EXP 300 – Foundations for Adult and Experiential Learning - This 5-week course requires students to attend an 8-hour, face-to-face class at Keuka College and to participate in online coursework. The course begins 2 weeks prior to the in-class session and requires work to be completed each week.

Prerequisite Courses

Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite requirements for this program. The courses below are offered online with Keuka College throughout the year, or you may take them at your local community college.

Course Title Credits
PSY 123 Intro Human Development 3
BUS 320 Introduction to Research and Analysis Using Statistics 4
BIO 202 Human Biology 4
Choose one of the following:
POL 120 American Government 3
POL 130 State and Local Government 3


Earn your B.S. in Social Work at one of the following locations:

Broome Community College Binghamton
Cayuga Community College Auburn
Corning Community College Corning
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua
Genesee Community College—Batavia Batavia
Jefferson Community College Watertown
Mohawk Valley Community College Utica
Monroe Community College—Damon Campus Rochester
Onondaga Community College Syracuse
Tompkins Cortland Community College Dryden

Skills & Job Information

For more comprehensive program, career and employment information, please visit:

Social Work Portal
Council on Social Work Education

National Association of Social Workers
BSW licensing requirements and examination
Trends in employment and salary

Students are trained in areas such as:

  • Advocacy
  • Assessment
  • Case management
  • Community outreach
  • Crisis intervention
  • Critical thinking
  • Interviewing
  • Intake/referral
  • Service planning
  • Service provision
  • Program evaluation

Recent graduates represent a cross section of area employers and career fields including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Substance abuse
  • Community outreach
  • Addictions
  • Aging
  • Mental health
  • Family, children and youth services
  • Women’s resource services
  • Schools
  • Health care
  • Social welfare

Accreditation and Advanced Standing

Keuka College’s B.S. in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our students are prepared and encouraged to pursue master’s level social work education and training. Our accreditation entitles our graduates to apply for advanced standing in these programs. Master’s programs around the country accept a percentage of applicants in advanced standing, which allows students to graduate with their master’s degree in one year as opposed to the traditional two years.