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Social Work Department


The nationally accredited Social Work Program at McDaniel College prepares students for entry-level, culturally sensitive, generalist practice with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. Through coursework, field education, and a rich learning environment, students gain the knowledge, skills, values and training needed to work effectively with vulnerable and at-risk populations. Graduates can move directly into social work positions, are eligible for state licensure and qualify for advanced standing at most graduate schools of Social Work.


Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE.)

McDaniel Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes AY1920 | McDaniel

Catherine Orzolek-Kronner

Cathy Orzolek-Kronner ’86, Ph.D. Faculty Spotlight

"I actually never wanted to leave McDaniel. It was my dream to return to the Hill, but I never imagined that it would be as a college professor. Pardon the cliché, but McDaniel changed my life in every way for the better. I was mentored by Dr. Mary Ellen Elwell, founder of the Social Work program. Like Mary Ellen, my students have become my lifelong friends, colleagues, and sometimes even my mentors."

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Dr. Cathy Orzolek-Kronner

Department Chair and Director of Field Education 

Phone: 410-857-2535

Office: Hill Hall 319


Hill Hall, third floor

Experts & Mentors in the Social Work Department