History, Mission and Vision of Social Work

Why Choose this Major

The many challenges in our community and in our world offer opportunities for individuals to apply their creativity and make a difference. If you believe that change is a good thing and you want to be a change agent, consider social work as your pathway toward effectively impacting individuals, families, and communities. We shape our world actively and passively. Learn how to have a professional impact within any context. Put your dreams to work everyday!

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, addiction treatment, health and mental care, gerontology; family services, industry, business, labor, government and social research. A master’s degree in social work at Ohio University is focused on rural clinical practice with clients and their families and prepares the graduate for independent practice.

History of the Program

Ohio University’s Department of Social Work has a long-established commitment to providing quality social work education. With a bachelor program originally accredited in 1974 and a master’s program in 2002, Ohio University social work programs have been dedicated to providing future social workers with the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge, and experiences necessary to become effective social work practitioners. The program is located in rural southeastern Ohio and integrates the contextual factors of the region and of the state with the social work curriculum. The program incorporates a policy perspective as well as teaching relationship-based interventions designed to help individuals. Effective university and community partnerships enrich and enhance teaching and learning and provide research, service, and practice opportunities that are truly unique to the region.

Social Work Mission Statement

Ohio University holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students. Distinguished by its rich history, diverse campus, international community, and beautiful Appalachian setting, Ohio University is known as well for its outstanding faculty of accomplished teachers whose research and creative activity advance knowledge across many disciplines. 

The Department of Social Work is committed to preparing students for careers in human services and social work, emphasizing social, economic, environmental, and racial justice and the core values of the social work profession. They are also dedicated to increasing the availability of professional social workers and partnerships in rural or underserved areas through teaching, research and service. The undergraduate Social Work Program at Ohio University prepares students to serve as competent, ethical, and effective generalist social workers with bachelor’s level knowledge and skills to improve well-being for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The graduate Social Work Program prepares students to serve ethically as clinical social workers, practicing in rural environments with master's level knowledge and skills to improve well-being for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 

Program Goals