Social Sciences

Social Work/Human Services

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 United States.

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 sectors.

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 arts therapy.

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.

Eligibility criteria:
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.

Application procedures:
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.

Career Options

The career outlook for individuals in the areas of human services and social work is one of growth and opportunity.

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