The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work ensure a broad program of study. Students take courses such as statistics, biological sciences, and English in conjunction with courses in social work history and policy, human behavior, social work practice theory, and research. Field practicum experiences, which involve supervised work in a local human-service agency, are available in a variety of settings, including child welfare agencies, juvenile courts, hospitals, mental health centers, and senior centers. The undergraduate social work program at Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Successful completion of the social work program qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a social worker in the state of Ohio and most other states.
No matter what the political or economic climate, there always will be jobs for social workers as long as individuals and groups need assistance. Opportunities exist in a wide range of areas: child welfare; developmental disabilities; corrections; drug and alcohol abuse; mental health; health care; gerontology; family services; industry, business, and labor; and social research. A master's degree in social work focusing on rural practice is also available at Ohio University.
An undergraduate degree in social work from Ohio University prepares graduates to enter generalist social work practice or to pursue a graduate degree in social work or a related field. Generalist social work practice at the undergraduate level involves the capacity to apply knowledge, skills, and values to assess a range of situations and the ability to work with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities from a wide variety of perspectives. The knowledge base of generalist practice is composed of a liberal arts foundation. A liberal arts perspective is integrated in the social work curriculum content areas of practice, human behavior and the social environment, research, and policy. Generalist skills include critical thinking, communication, assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and role-taking. Generalist social workers may fill many roles, including broker, teacher, counselor, mediator, manager, and advocate.
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