This cooperative venture between the Departments of Sociology and Social Work enables students to complete two majors before graduation. There are several advantages to this plan of study. Potential employers tend to view the double major as valuable because students gain a breadth of knowledge and skills to analyze issues and problems. By beginning with the Sociology major, students develop a comprehensive understanding of society and its influence on individual behavior. In addition, graduates of the CSWE accredited social work program may be eligible for advanced standing in a Masters in Social Work program. This generally means graduates may complete that program in one summer and one academic year rather than in two years.
During the first two years at The College at Brockport, double majors in sociology and social work complete General Education requirements and Sociology major requirements. Additionally, the sociological coursework help prepares students for admittance to the Social Work major by completing two prerequisite courses (Introduction to Sociology and Social Statistics). Then, typically during the third semester of study, students apply for the Social Work major. Finally, students complete the remaining Social Work requirements, preparing for professional social work practice, and the remaining Sociology requirements in the third and fourth undergraduate years.
Students interested in completing the double major in Sociology and Social Work should declare a Sociology major as early as possible, preferably in their first year, and indicate their intent to major in Social Work at the same time. If students sign up much later, it could take longer than four years to complete all requirements for the two majors.
Double majors are assigned an advisor in both departments to guide them through the sequence of courses outlined in the handout below. Students should plan to apply to the Social Work program in their second year. The deadline for regular admittance to the Social Work program is March 15 for admittance in the following fall. Social Work does not admit students for the spring semester, so plan ahead.
Students planning to pursue an MSW degree should consult with their Social Work advisor regularly. S/he can assist in selecting and applying to a suitable program. The joint College at Brockport/Nazareth College MSW Program grants advanced standing to qualified graduates of accredited BSW programs and Brockport’s social work graduates are recognized as well-prepared for advanced standing.
For questions, please contact the Sociology Department at 395-2619 or the Social Work Department at 395-2324.Click here for a printable handout and sample course plan.