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Social work is a challenging and exciting profession that allows you help alleviate social problems.

Students majoring in Social Work at Mount St. Joseph University benefit from instructors who are experienced social work practitioners, and receive on-the-job learning experience.

The Social Work major provides an entry-level professional education in a challenging and dynamic field. The baccalaureate degree prepares you for generalist social work practice, such as:

  • Working in partnership with individuals, families and community groups to enhance or restore social functioning,
  • Working with older adults in community-based and long term care settings
  • Addressing the issues of poverty and oppression.

Field work experience (two days a week in a social agency) provides on-the-job learning experience under close supervision by both a faculty member and an agency professional. The program uses a variety of agencies in the Greater Cincinnati region such as:

  • Mental health programs
  • Crisis centers for domestic violence
  • Homeless shelters
  • Community service agencies
  • Foster care programs for children and youth
  • Long term care settings
  • Organizations that provide community-based services to older adults

Faculty members in the social work program give students individual attention, especially those with disabilities. You'll learn to appreciate the wide cultural and human diversity in society through both classroom and community experiences.

The social work major is available in Accelerated evening and weekend formats.

The program is accredited by the national Council on Social Work Education. Graduates are prepared for entry-level professional positions, sitting for the Licensed Social Work (LSW) exam, and admission to graduate degree programs in social work and related fields. Many universities now offer advanced placement, waiving a number of graduate level social work courses, for students who graduate from an accredited program.

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent social work program news and events; visit the department of sociology and social work page.