Social Work at Providence College

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Social Work at Providence College

Improving the Lives of At-risk Populations. Promoting Diversity. Advancing Social Justice.

These are hallmark efforts of the social work department. Where we emphasize the inseparable ideals of service and study. Where we teach you about the social issues of the world so you can help better the world.

Our educational promise to you is that the focus always will be on you. We’re a nationally accredited program with a personal touch. Small classes, individualized advising, and collaborative research remain trademarks of our program. You’ll be engaged through classroom learning and professionally supervised internships — engagement opportunities that prepare you for immediate employment or graduate school.

For 40 years, graduates of our program have gained employment as clinical counselors, child welfare advocates, social policy developers, and program directors — among many other professions. They know what it means to “do good” and “do well.”


Department of Social Work
Howley Hall, First Floor
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

The major in social work combines 13 required classes in social work with a total of 600 hours of professionally supervised internships in community health, human service, and human service agencies. Course work focuses on human behavior, social problems and policies, diversity, at-risk populations, and the nature of the professional-helping relationship. Theories, research methods, and skills for problem solving with individuals, families, groups, and communities are also a major part of the curriculum.The field placement curriculum is spread throughout the junior and senior year and combines professionally supervised experience with classroom seminars. Students can work with at-risk children and youth, homeless families, survivors of domestic violence, people with developmental delays, and the elderly through a wide variety of community agencies.

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Participate in 600 hours field education, a signature component of our program

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Join Chi Eta, PC’s chapter of Phi Alpha, the national social work honor society

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Build cross-cultural competencies by studying abroad


Our faculty members bring years of experience in a variety of social work practice fields including child treatment, mental health, adoptions, family therapy, domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, community development, social and political advocacy, and program administration.





of 2019-2023 social work graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


are employed only


are attending school only


are employed and attending school

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

Selected Places of Employment/Service

Alliance House
Brown Brothers Harriman
Capital Preparatory Magnet Schools
CareOne Senior Care
Connecticut Community Care
East Hampton Youth & Family
EverThrive Illinois

The Home for Little Wanderers
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New England Pediatric Care
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Teach for America
Year Up–Rhode Island

Selected Graduate Schools

Boston College
Boston University
Columbia University
Fordham University
Graduate School of Social Service
Howard University
New England Law
New York University
Providence College
Quinnipiac School of Law
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Rhode Island College
Rutgers University
Sacred Heart University
Simmons College
Southern Connecticut State University
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut


Dr. Katherine Kranz, Ph.D, LICSW

Chair and Associate Professor
101 Howley Hall

Sara C. Melucci, MSW, LICSW

Director of Field Education
105 Howley Hall