Buffalo State College's Social Work Department has the largest undergraduate social work program in the State University of New York and one of the largest programs on campus. Annual student enrollment averages about 300. Each year approximately 90 seniors do their field placement in social services agencies throughout Western New York.
The social work program at SUNY Buffalo State was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in 1975. At that time, it was organized within the Department of Human Development, Family, and Community Relations. In 1977, the college reorganized and the Social Work Department fell under the jurisdiction of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work. In 1986, social work became an autonomous department in the Faculty of Applied Science and Education. In 2005, the department was organized in the School of Professions. Accreditation was reaffirmed in 1980, 1987, 1996, 2002, and 2010.
The National Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics guides the practice of professional social workers. As part of students' professionalization into the field, our program also integrates the Code into the social work curriculum here at Buffalo State College. Additionally, the Mission of the profession highlights the core values of social work: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence; these are also reflected in our Department's Mission Statement.