A degree in social work allows you to make a meaningful difference in the world. It’s a unique profession rich with the knowledge, action, and power to help people best function within their environments. Many social workers provide direct services and promote social and economic justice.

The field of social work has its own body of knowledge, code of ethics, practice standards, and a nationwide system of accredited education programs.

At Carlow, we cultivate career-ready leaders; equipped with the skills and ethics necessary to serve individuals, families, organizations, and communities. Our students complete service-learning projects and experiential assignments that connect them to agencies and professionals within the community.

Our program is nationally accredited!
A social work major will complete 100 hours of volunteer service, before being admitted to the program’s upper level. As Carlow maintains partnerships with over 150 community agencies, seniors in the major will be awarded a 500-hour field placement to intern with health and human services and receive professional experience.  

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the  Council on Social Work Education  (CSWE). CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. CSWE administers a multistep accreditation process that involves program self-studies, site visits, and reviews. Carlow University's next accreditation visit will be in Fall 2019.

Program Highlights

All social work faculty belong to the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Marsha Frank belongs to the Council of Social Work Education. Her research included the importance for advocacy for rape survivors and program evaluation for a residential treatment program for girls.

Dr. James Kelly
is a co-facilitator of the Youth Media Advocacy Program (YMAP), an organization that connects Carlow students and high school students in an effort to encourage vocal expression and advocacy through media. Dr. Kelly has also completed research on providing oral histories of the Sisters of Mercy.

Dr. Sheila Roth is a co-creator of the Carlow University Crisis Response Team. She has an extensive research background in studies of ethical dilemmas in end of life care settings, trauma-informed care, and compassion fatigue among crisis team responders.

Where Our Graduates Go

Many students in counseling-related majors choose to continue their education in graduate or professional school. Recent Carlow graduates have continued their studies in graduate programs, many with significant scholarship awards.

There are a broad spectrum of career opportunities available to you with a social work degree. Carlow social work graduates are found in many places, including public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, police departments, courts, and in private practice. Social work majors have accepted jobs as counselors, vocational/behavioral counselors, mental health workers, child welfare aides, caseworkers, and foster care coordinators.

Programs and Degrees in Social Work

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • BSW: Concentration in Behavioral Health Service Coordination
  • BSW: Concentration in Crisis and Trauma
  • Behavioral Health Service Coordination Minor
  • Masters in Social Work (MSW)



“I had real relationships with professors from day one, and they pointed me in the right direction.” - Emily Wassel, BSW '12