About: Social Work

Siena Heights University’s Baccalaureate Social Work Program (BSW) has earned nationally recognized accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The faculty members of the Social Work Program are dedicated to educating social work majors to become competent, ethical and purposeful generalist social work practitioners who are committed to the well-being of people who are vulnerable and oppressed.

Educational Goals

  • Prepare baccalaureate students to become competent, ethical and purposeful generalist social work practitioners who work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations
  • Provide a social work education program that incorporates content about, and commitment to, social work ethics and values, social justice and enhancing the well-being of vulnerable and oppressed people
  • Prepare graduates to assume responsibility for continuing their professional development

The Social Work program curriculum combines liberal arts and sociology courses that include community-based learning experiences with professional social work courses that focus on:

  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Social science research
  • Social welfare policy
  • Social work ethics and values
  • Diversity and culture competence
  • Social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
  • Field practice

Graduates of the program have proven themselves to be well-prepared for immediate employment in public and private social service positions and contribute to the well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities and/or to successfully complete work at the master's degree level.

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Meet Siena


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Arthur Gwoszdz

Digital Communications and Computer Information Systems major; Student Government President; Brazil

Faculty & Staff

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Gail A. Ryder

Associate Professor of Humanities


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Romie Jeffrey Pinkett '07MA

School Counseling & Community Counseling Graduate, Metro Detroit Program