Oct 22, 2021  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18 [Archived Catalog]

Social Work Major (B.A. in Social Work) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

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Major Code BA1930

Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Solveig Spjeldnes, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial College social work program prepares students to fulfill their potential to positively impact society including the lives of vulnerable people. This Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program offers high achieving and motivated students the chance to explore evidence-based clinical practices and social welfare issues and policies within an interdisciplinary framework.

Students complete a minimum of six tutorials between the second semester of the freshman year and the senior year. Under the tutelage of an appropriate professor, students take tutorials to enrich early required courses and allow students to focus on their academic interests. Then, starting no later than the sophomore year, the student will begin tutorials that lead to a completed thesis under the guidance of professors who have expertise in the student’s chosen research area. The director of studies will supervise the process and ensure that the student progresses to completion of a quality thesis that meets departmental and College standards. Recent thesis topics investigated by our students include: strategies for addressing rural food insecurity, an assessment of child well-being in orphanages in India, and outcomes for children who are raised by lesbian parents.

Students complete a 4-year program resulting in either a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.A.S.W.) or a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) from the Honors Tutorial College. The difference between these two degrees is only that the B.A.S.W. graduate will have fulfilled a language requirement. With either degree, graduates may apply to Master of Science in Social Work (M.S.W.) programs with an advanced standing status, which allows them to finish the degree in a minimum of one additional year. The B.A.S.W. or B.S.W. degree qualifies students to take Ohio’s L.S.W. licensure exam; then the M.S.W. degree qualifies students to take the L.I.S.W. licensure exam. Students are eligible to take similar licensing exams in other states. These licenses are vital keys for career opportunities in the profession.

The program provides students with:

  1. a core of social work practice knowlege and skills through a series of courses and tutorials;
  2. the requisite skills to critically analyze social problems from a theoretical perspective;
  3. the opportunity to apply theory to practice in social service internships; and
  4. guidance through the process of conducting a research study on a topic of their choice that will lead to the completion of a thesis.


Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the director of studies of the social work program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability, initiative, and sustained motivation. In most cases, admission to the program requires a 30 composite score on the ACT (1300 combined on the SAT), as well as high school class standing in the top 10%. Supplemental requirements for application include two academic letters of reference and a writing sample that explains the applicant’s goals and interest in social work. Prioritiy deadline for application is December 1st; admission interviews are held in January.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the social work program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority priority deadline for application is December 1st. Depending on program capacity, second-year students may be considered for transfer as well.

External Transfer Admission

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the social work program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The deadline for application is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January. Depending on program capacity, second-year students may be considered for transfer as well.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A bachelors degree in social work with the L.S.W. licensure prepares graduates to pursue advanced degrees and a wide range of career opportunities. Most of our students continue to graduate school to earn the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree and gain the L.I.S.W. licensure. Recent Ohio University graduates have been accepted to top ranked Schools of Social Work such as George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, Tulane University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Because social work skills are valuable in multiple settings and the discipline is inherently an interdisciplinary field, graduates have a wide range of career options. For a full explanation of career directions and experiences of social workers and current opportunites, see http://helpstartshere.org/


Major Hours Requirement

The social work major requires a minimum of 128 hours.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

HTC Grade Requirements

Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one First-Year Composition course (1E) and one Junior Composition course (1J).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Social Work Tutorial Requirements

Complete a minimum of six tutorials, including two thesis tutorials during the senior year.

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Pre-major Course Requirements

Unless the student has passed an equivalency exam or taken and passed the relevant advance placement courses in high school, he or she must complete the following courses:

Complete one course from at least two of the following areas:

Anthropology (ANTH)
Economics (ECON)
Political Science (POLS)
Sociology (SOC)

Volunteer or Paid Work Experience

Complete at least 20 hours of volunteer or paid social work experience.

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-year sequence through 2120 in a single language or equivalent. Equivalent credit can be Advanced Placement or college transfer credit. Students who have prior knowledge of Spanish, French, or German must take the placement test before enrolling in these classes. (The placement exam does not count as college credit.) If you test into the 3000 level or above, the foreign language requirement is considered fulfilled.

Social Work Program Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Extra-departmental Requirements

Complete the following course:

Complete one course from two of the following areas not used to fulfill premajor requirement:

Anthropology (ANTH)
Economics (ECON)
Political Science (POLS)
Sociology (SOC)

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