Collaboration Program with Fordham University, 3:2 format
Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, Mount Saint Mary College
Master of Social Work, Fordham University
The Human Services major prepares students to work with
children, adolescents and adults within a variety of settings. The
major emphasizes the interrelationships among individual growth and
development, family structure, and the larger social setting.
Students become familiar with the history of the helping
professions, with various approaches to the development of social
policy and with the structure of the social service system in the
Human Services majors graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Human
Services. The program prepares them to work in direct service or
administrative support in the not-for-profit, public and private
Graduates may take positions in such areas as child welfare
agencies, health care, community advocacy, group residences, and
recreational programs. Human Services majors interested in
professional study may enter graduate programs such as social work,
psychology, counseling, public administration, criminal justice and
Undergraduate students in Human Services are also provided the
opportunity to further develop research interests by working with
the Center on Aging and Policy and/or the Center on Adolescent
Research and Development at the Mount.
The 3-2 Social Work Joint Degree Program
Students interested in Social Work may wish to pursue a joint
five-year program that leads to a BA in Human Services from Mount
Saint Mary College, and an MSW from Fordham University’s Graduate
School of Social Services.
In this 3 + 2 program, students spend the first three years at
the Mount taking a combination of liberal arts courses designed to
fulfill the general education requirement for a bachelor’s degree
and courses which fulfill the major requirements in Human Services,
while at the same time establishing eligibility for admission to
the MSW program at Fordham. Students receive a bachelor’s degree
from Mount Saint Mary College after the completion of their first
year of study at Fordham.
To be eligible for admission into the MSW program at Fordham,
students must complete 88 credits by the end of their sixth
semester with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. These 88
credits must include all required core courses and the following
human services courses: SW1030, SOC1010, PSY1010, HSR2110, HSR2250,
HSR2510, SOC2410, and three major electives (including a diversity
elective). Students should discuss other recommended courses with
the program’s advisor.
Students submit an application in their 6th semester, which will
be reviewed at Mount Saint Mary College by the Social Work Advisory
Committee. If the committee recommends acceptance into the program,
the Fordham University School of Social Services will then make a
final decision on the application.
This accelerated program is competitive and there are a limited
number of positions of entry into the professional phase of this
program at Fordham. Students who do not gain admission to the
program during their third year may remain at the Mount and
complete the requirements for their BA degree. These students may
apply to Fordham or other MSW programs for admission after
completing the BA degree.
The career outlook for individuals in the areas of human
services and social work is one of growth and opportunity.