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Bachelor of Science in Social Work (B.S.W)


Program Description

The undergraduate program in social work prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice at the undergraduate level which involves the capacity to apply knowledge, skills and values to assess a range of situations and the ability to work with individuals, groups, larger organizations, and communities from a wide variety of perspectives. Students will complete course work in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare history and policy, research, social work practice methods, and field instruction. As students progress, they will develop the skills for intervening at a generalist level with individuals, groups, organizations, families and communities. Upon graduation, students will be prepared as a baccalaureate-level social work practitioner with a strong foundation in liberal arts. Our program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974. Over hundreds of students have graduated from the program since initial accreditation.

Program Requirements

Admission to the major is divided into two stages: pre-major and major. First year students may be admitted as pre-majors, other Ohio University students and transfer students from other institutions, are required to submit fully completed “Application for Major Status” including a personal essay, documentation of human service experience and two letters of reference to the department administrator in 416 Morton Hall by the end of the second full week of fall or spring semester. To be considered for admission, students are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. In addition, they must have completed the following:

  1. SW 1000 & SW 2601 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ in both courses
  2. BIOS 1030, PSY 1010, PSY 2110, and PSY 2410, as well as one course in any of the two areas: Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, or Sociology
  3. ENG 1510 & MATH Tier I (MATH 1200 recommended)
  4. A paid or volunteer experience in the area of social work (20 hours)

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A bachelors degree in social work allows the graduate to pursue employment in many different fields, including child welfare, mental health services, foster care and residential treatment, adoption services, and in nursing homes, schools, governmental agencies and medical facilities. Social workers at the bachelors level may work with many different populations, including children, adolescents, families, adults, and elderly persons. People with mental health/ behavioral health issues, developmental disabilities, veterans, individuals experiencing domestic violence and chronic illness and many other individuals and groups frequently seek services from agencies where social workers are em- ployed. Additionally, social workers may be employed in agencies that advocate for clients, and develop and imple- ment social policy based on client needs. Social workers are also employed as administrators in many social service agencies and organizations. Surveys of graduates show high levels of satisfaction with the educational program and high employment rates in the field of social work and human services.

For more information about this degree, contact Dr. Michel Coconis at coconis@ohio.edu.

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