Social Work

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Academic Building HC 219
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield CT 06825

Department Chair

Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor

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Social Work at Sacred Heart University is pleased to offer both undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) social work programs. Both programs prepare future social workers to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice to best serve client systems in an ever-changing world within a social justice framework utilizing the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Social work is a profession committed to working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and the community to maximize well-being and to help resolve, minimize, or prevent problems in living. Sacred Heart University’s Social Work Programs consist of individualized learning, close faculty contact and advisement, and a highly personal focus.

Social Workers practice in a variety of settings such as, schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, substance abuse and rehabilitation agencies, juvenile and adult probation, and many other public and private agencies. For more information about careers in social work, visit the National Association of Social Workers website.

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Latest News

New Master of Social Work Program to Launch in 2017

July 7, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s College of Arts & Sciences is announcing a new master of social work degree expected to launch in the fall 2017 semester. “The values and the principles of social work are so related to Sacred Heart’s mission that it’s a fantastic fit for our campus,” says Bronwyn Cross-Denny, assistant professor and chair of SHU’s Social Work department. “We’ve had a strong and rigorous bachelor of social work degree since 1981, so the structure for a successful master’s program was already in place.”

Interdisciplinary Faculty Offer Interpretations of Pope's 'The Joy of Love'

June 1, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — An interdisciplinary panel of Sacred Heart University faculty members came together recently in the school’s Schine Auditorium to offer their respective interpretations of “The Joy of Love: Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation.” Pope Francis drafted the 256-page document following two synods (gatherings of bishops) at the Vatican, and it represents his reflections on those assemblies. His focus is on pastoral ministry—marriage, family, relationships and love.

Students Devote Spring Break to Service Work Around the World

March 18, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Dozens of Sacred Heart University students participated in service trips around the globe during their recent spring break. Groups of students traveled to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Colombia to work on a number of projects for marginalized communities. Other groups traveled with the University’s Habitat for Humanity club within the nation—to Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia—to build and remodel houses.