Ohio University

History, Mission, Vision

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

As a public university in a rural area, Ohio University is focused on improving the quality of life in our surrounding region and in the broader global society by encouraging professional leadership, offering service opportunities and engaging in research.

The Department of Social Work is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to promoting the profession’s core values of service, social and economic justice, dignity and worth of all persons, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. The program supports the work of social service providers through collaboration with regional stakeholders and by providing consultation, research and other assistance. The undergraduate Social Work Program at Ohio University prepares students to serve as generalist social workers. The graduate Social Work Program prepares students to serve as clinical social workers and strives to accommodate the needs of adult learners by facilitating access to, and offering, user-friendly content delivery.

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