Jul 17, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Pre-Social Work

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Major code ND6603

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 Pre-Social Work program designates students who intend to declare the Bachelor of Social Work program major, but who have not yet satisfied the admissions requirements. 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.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students may designate “presocial work” major (ND6603) 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 (ND6603) to work on first-year and sophomore-level requirements. To be admitted to the social work program as a major, all prospective students, including 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, documentation of human service experience to the link designated on the Social Work website by the Friday of the second week of fall or spring semester.

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.

Opportunities Upon  Graduation 

Students will not graduate with the Pre-Social Work major code. Rather this pre-major code will designate students who intend to declare Bachelor of Social Work major but have not completed the admissions requirements.


Students are required to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 as of the first summer session prior to entering field in the upcoming fall semester. 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 PSY 1010 PSY 2110  or PSY 1110 , and PSY 2410 , or EDEC 1600 , as well as one course in any two of these areas: economics, political science, or sociology
  3. Written Communication (ENG 1510 ) and quantitative reasoning requirements
  4. At least two semesters of the foreign language requirement other than high school
  5. A paid or volunteer experience in the area of social work (20 hours)

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