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The undergraduate program in social work prepares students for beginning generalist practice. You will complete course work in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy, research, social work methods, and field instruction. Upon graduation, you will be prepared as a baccalaureate-level generalist social work practitioner, with a strong foundation in the liberal arts.

The profession of social work is regulated in the State of Ohio. Upon graduation and after taking and passing the licensing exam, you will be eligible to apply for a license – Licensed Social Worker (LSW) – at the bachelor’s level from the State of Ohio.

Interested in learning more about a social work degree? Contact Stacey Saunders-Adams today! Are you already a pre-SW major at OHIO and want to apply to the program? Click here now!

To see a sample schedule of the Bachelors of Social Work, please scroll down to tentative semester planner.

Bachelor of Social Work Printable Program Brochure [PDF]


The Social Work curriculum may be pursued on either a full-time or part-time basis with day and evening classes available. Students typically start fall semester, but may enter the program at any point during the academic calendar. Full-time students should enroll in 15 or more credit hours per semester. Part-time students may pursue a Social Work Degree at a rate they desire. A minimum of seven credit hours of course work each semester is recommended. Students completing the degree requirements will earn a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.


The Social Work program is supported by exceptional academic resources that include:

  • Academic Success Center
  • Library
  • Other student and research support facilities


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, families, groups, organizations, and communities from a wide variety of perspectives with supervision. A liberal arts perspective integrates with the social work curriculum content areas of human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy, research, social work methods, and field education.


Bennett Hall, located at the center of the Ohio University Chillicothe campus, is home to the Social Work program.


To qualify for admission, a student must be a high school graduate or GED recipient. Students not meeting these requirements should contact the Admissions Office at Ohio University Chillicothe for further information concerning admission. Students completing the degree requirements will earn a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.


A student must complete the BSW major core requirements consisting of 31 pre-social work and 34 social work credit hours. In addition, 33 additional hours in liberal arts must be completed plus 22 electives.


Students are eligible for many different financial aid resources. These include:

  • Federal Grants and Loans
  • Ohio University Scholarships
  • State Grants and Loans

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible. For Ohio University Chillicothe, use the University Federal School Code: 003100 and 003102.

For more information about the financial aid process, contact our Financial Aid Office at (740) 774-7289 or toll free at (877) GO-2-OUCH.


Ohio University believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include: the ability to communicate through the written word, the ability to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning, and broad knowledge of the major fields of learning. Therefore, students must take general education courses to complete a degree.


Students may designate “pre-social work” major within the College of Health Sciences and Professions on their application to Ohio University. This allows the student to be assigned an advisor within the social work program during their first semester at Ohio University. There are no additional selective or limited admissions requirements to be admitted as a pre-social work major beyond those required by the University and the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

All students who are pursuing the social work major, but have not yet completed certain requisites must declare “pre-social work” as a major.  There is no admission requirement to the pre-social work major, as long as the student has been admitted to Ohio University.  Upon completion of the following requisites, a student must apply to be admitted to the major.  Applications to the Social Work major are accepted the first two weeks of Fall Semester and the first two weeks of Spring Semester.  

Program admission requirements:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum grade of C in both SW 1000 and SW 2601c
  • BIOS 1030, PSY 1010, PSY 2110, and PSY 2410
  • One course in any two of these areas: Athropology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science
  • Tier I composition (ENG 1510) and quantitative skills requirement
  • A paid or volunteer experience in the area of social work (20 hours).

Please click “here” to apply for admission to the Social Work major. The application requires a personal essay and proof of your paid or volunteer service (if not completed as part of SW 2601c)

The undergraduate admissions committee, consisting of three faculty members from the social work program, will review applications during the third full week of each semester. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be mailed by the fifth week of the semester. Meeting minimal requirements does not insure admission to the major. Acceptance is determined based on consideration of the following: academic GPA, hours completed, courses completed, reference letters, experience in human services, and personal statement. A student seeking to enroll in the senior-level practice sequence (SW 4801, SW 4802, SW 4921, SW 4922, SW 4923 and SW 4924) must have been admitted to the major by spring semester of the junior year. In addition the student is expected to:

  • Have maintained an overall GPA of 2.5
  • Have completed the junior sequence (SW 3602, SW 3701, SW 3801, SW 3940) to be eligible for the senior placement.

If not accepted at initial application, a student may reapply in writing at the next application date. A student must submit the Reapplication Form, available in the department office, 416 Morton Hall, to be reconsidered. A student may reapply only twice. Students may add a social work minor by meeting with an advisor in the social work program to plan required course work and by notifying the College of Health Science and Professions.


The social work profession has its own body of knowledge, code of ethics, practice standards, credentials, state licensing, and a nationwide system of accredited education programs. These equip the professional social worker to combine the desire to help others with the knowledge, skill, and ethics needed to provide that help.

For sheer variety, few occupations can match social work, which offers the broadest range of opportunities and settings. Social workers are found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts, and countless other interesting workplaces.

Social workers serve individuals, families, and communities. They are managers, supervisors, and administrators. They serve at all levels of government. They are educators. They are therapists and researchers. More and more, they are also elected political leaders and legislators.

Suggested Program Template

This is a sample template to complete the degree in four years. In addition to the major requirements, you must meet university general education requirements of Tier II courses: a minimum of 21 semester hours of TIER II courses that are spread out in the 6 categories. You will need to take advantage of summer course offerings for some Tier II courses so that your load during regular semesters is lightened.

Tentative Semester Planner Information



SW 1000 Introduction to Social Work 
ENG 1510 Writing and Rhetoric I
BIOS 1030 Human Biology I**
PSY 1010 General Psychology
MATH 1200 College Algebra

SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology
SW 2601 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare*
PSY 2110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences***
Tier II Fine Arts
Tier II Cross-Cultural Perspectives

PSY 2410 Child & Adolescent Psychology **
POLS 1010 Politics in the U.S. 
Tier II Applied Science & Mathematics
Tier II Humanities & Literature

SW 3602 Social Welfare Policy
PSY 2710 Abnormal Psychology
ANTH 1010 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Natural Sciences Elective
Humanities Elective

SW 3701 Dynamics of Human Behavior
SW 3801 Introduction to Social Work Practice Methods
ECON ####
Natural Sciences Elective

SW 3870 Research Methods in Social Work
Junior Composition XXXX
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Course
Natural Sciences Elective

SW 4801 Social Work Practice I
SW 4921 Field Seminar I
SW 4923 Field Practicum I


SW 4802 Social Work Practice II
SW 4922 Field Seminar II
SW 4924 Field Practicum II


The senior-level practice sequence is designed to provide students with field experience in an agency setting in conjunction with a practice class and a field seminar. The field practicum provides an opportunity for the student to apply his or her social work education and training, while utilizing professional supervision, and is a significant part of the senior year in social work. A student seeking to enroll in the senior-level practice sequence must be admitted to the major by the end of the seventh week of the spring semester of their junior year.


Stacey Saunders-Adams, PhD. 
Assistant Professor / SW Program Coordinator
Bennett Hall 262
T: 740.774.7217

Information about the Faculty

Mary Brown
Bennett Hall 265
T: 740.774.7263

Stacey Saunders-Adams
Assistant Professor
Bennett Hall 262
T: 740.774.7217


Social work is one of those careers in which you can truly make a difference in people’s lives. A Bachelor/Master of Social Work degree can open many doors and show others you have not only the knowledge and the skills, but also the compassion and dedication necessary to work in such an important field. There are many positions a graduate with a BSW/MSW degree can fulfill, but here are five of the most popular social work careers:

Medical/Public Health
Social workers who work in the medical field are always in high demand. It is projected that the number of jobs in medical/public health social work will grow by 22 percent through 2018, the highest rate in the social work field. Medical/public health social workers can work in any facility that provides care to patients, including hospitals, emergency rooms, hospices, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities and home health agencies. They work with patients to ensure they are being cared for properly, facilitate communication between them and their caregivers, and assist with paperwork and decision-making. Medical/public health social workers are advocates for patient rights and a source of comfort during difficult times. Because this is such an important area of social work, it generally pays more, with an average salary ranging from $41,000 to $58,000 annually.

Substance Abuse
Substance abuse social workers are employed in a variety of venues, including rehabilitation facilities, prisons, private practices, for- and non-profit organizations, and juvenile detention facilities. It is known as one of the more emotionally demanding areas of social work since addiction is hard to treat. People struggling with addiction need patience and compassion, and navigating mood swings, relapses and anger require a great deal of dedication. But knowing you are helping someone in recovery and that you can play an important role in their lives is incredibly rewarding. As the legal system places greater emphasis on recovery and rehabilitation, jobs in this area are expected to grow at a rate of 20 percent through 2018. Depending on your level of experience and where you work, the average salary ranges from $29,000 to $49,000 annually.

Mental Health
While a master’s is not always required for a career in social work, it always makes you a more marketable candidate; still, one area where a master’s is required is mental health in the realm of clinical practice. Many mental health social workers provide therapy, and this requires advanced education, as well as licensure, as a clinical social worker (LCSW). As a mental health social worker – or clinical social worker – there is a diverse range of mental health services you can provide. You can work in community mental health centers, mental hospitals, private practices, hospitals and even schools. You assess your clients’ mental health, diagnose mental disorders, develop treatment plans and assist in the daily living of those with mental disorders. The average annual salary of a mental health social worker is $41,880.

Child Welfare
Child welfare is an area of social work that requires sensitivity, compassion and a love of children. Child welfare social workers provide services to children who are abused and neglected by their parents or to children from lower-income families who cannot afford to properly care for them. Many child welfare workers work with child protective services to investigate reports of child abuse and neglect, and intervene when a child’s home environment is deemed unsafe. As a child welfare social worker, you would meet regularly with children and families to assess conditions in the home and report on the care a child is receiving. When a child is in danger, child welfare workers facilitate the removal of that child and place them in a safe alternative environment. The child welfare social work field is expected to grow at a rate of 12 percent through 2018, and the average salary for a child protective services worker is between $25,000 and $47,000 annually, depending on location and experience.

School Social Work
School social work is one of the more common areas in the field, and there are different capacities in which a school social worker can work. As a school social worker, you are a liaison between school and students’ families, essentially bridging children’s personal lives and education to make sure their needs are being met. You can function as a guidance counselor and also work with special needs children to facilitate their integration into mainstream classes. You are responsible for addressing a number of school issues, such as behavioral intervention programs, truancy prevention programs, sexual education, health education, crisis intervention and effective communication between parents, teachers and students. Depending on location and level of education, school social workers earn a salary ranging from $32,000 to $52,000 annually.