Jul 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Social Work Major (B.S.W.)

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Major code BS6605

College of Health Sciences and Professions   
Department of Social Work   
Morton Hall 416
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1269

Warren Galbreath, contact person

Program Overview

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, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Upon graduation, students will be prepared as a baccalaureate-level social work practitioner with a strong foundation in liberal arts. The program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1974.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  • The student will be able to demonstrate ethical and professional behavior. 
  • The student will be able to engage diversity and difference in practice. 
  • The student will be able to advance human rights  and social economic, and environmental justice. 
  • The student will be able to engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice. 
  • The student will be able to engage in policy practice. 
  • The student will be able to engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. 
  • The student will be able to assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 
  • The student will be able to intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. 
  • The student will be able to evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students may designate “presocial work” major within the College of Health Sciences and Professions in 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 presocial work major beyond those required by the University and the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Change of Program Policy

Admission to the major is divided into two stages: premajor and major. First year students may be admitted as premajors, other Ohio University students and transfer students from other institutions, are required to submit a fully completed “Application for Major Status” online which includes a personal essay, and documentation of human service experience by the Friday 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  and SW 2601C  with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in both courses
  2. BIOS 1030  or BIOS 1300 MATH 1200  or math placement 2, PSY 1010 , PSY 1110  or 2110 , and PSY 2410  or EDEC 1600 , as well as one of the following areas NOT used to fulfill the pre-major requirement: economics, political science, or sociology
  3. Written Communication (ENG 1510 ) and quantitative reasoning requirements
  4. A paid or volunteer experience in the area of social work (20 hours)

The director of the undergraduate program will review applications during the third full week of each semester. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be emailed to a student’s OU email address 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, 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:

  1. have maintained an overall GPA of 2.5.  If a student has not maintained a GPA of 2.5, he or she will NOT be permitted to enter the senior-level practice sequences including field placement, regardless of admission status.
  2. have completed the junior sequence (SW 3602 , SW 3701 , SW 3801 , SW 3870 ) to be eligible for the senior placement

If not accepted at initial application, a student may reapply online at the next application date. A student may reapply only twice.

External Transfer Admission

For students applying to the College of Health Science and Professions as premajors, no requirements beyond University/College of Health Sciences and Professions admission requirements are necessary. However, if a student is applying to social work as a major, at the same time they apply for admission to the University, they must follow guidelines as set out in the “Change of Major” policy.

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 and 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 employed. Additionally, social workers may be employed in agencies that advocate for clients and develop and implement social policy based on client and case 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.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Arts and Sciences Requirements

Complete all Bachelor of Arts College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences, except the foreign language requirement.  (Note: Complete 50 hours of Arts and Sciences coursework at the 2000 level or above.)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement for Social Work

View the Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution for Social Work  

Premajor Course Requirements

In order to apply to the social work major, you must complete all the premajor requirements and achieved and overall GPA of at least 2.5.

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

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

Complete these SW courses with at least a C (2.0) or better grade:

Volunteer or Paid Work Experience

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

Social Work Program Requirements

Complete the following courses:

Extradepartmental Requirements

Complete the following course:

Complete one course from one (1) of the following areas not used to fulfill premajor requirements

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

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