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

 

Students majoring in social work learn to appreciate the cultural and human diversity in society through classroom experience and field work. Faculty in the social work department maintain active ties to community agencies that address a variety of issues including health, aging, substance abuse, and mental health services.

 

A popular choice among adult students, a social work major also provides flexible scheduling options in accelerated evening and weekend formats. Whether an adult student is looking to finish a degree, enhance his or her education, or change careers, our programs provide flexible learning formats, strong career outlooks, and preparation for graduate school to meet future goals.

 

Featured Courses

The program consists of 64-66 credit hours in courses such as:


  • Interviewing and Assessment
  • Group Approaches to Problem Solving
  • Social Research
  • Community and Organizational Development
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Social Policy.

Career Future

Take your Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and enroll in an advanced-standing, one-year Master of Social Work program or become a/an:


  • Aging services social worker
  • Child and youth service case manager
  • Counselor/therapist
  • Group Facilitator
  • Mental health care coordinator
  • Substance abuse counselor.

Hands-On Experience:

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.

 

95.2 percent of surveyed 2018 graduates of the School of Behavioral & Natural Sciences reported that they were successfully employed, enrolled in graduate studies, or volunteering within six months of graduation. The knowledge rate for this survey was 95.2 percent (9 of 10 responded).

 

Alumni Profile:

Mark, a 2016 social work graduate, works at Ohio Valley Goodwill industries in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program. As a veteran himself who returned to college to complete his undergraduate degree, Mark was interested in working with fellow veterans. He completed his social work field placement at Goodwill and was hired upon graduation. As a licensed social worker (LSW), Mark works as a case manager to help veterans and their families locate safe and affordable housing while assisting the veteran with job development and placement. 

 

Real-World Learning:

Field work provides on-the-job learning experience under close supervision by a faculty member and an agency professional. A variety of agencies in the Greater Cincinnati region serve as field work sites, including mental health facilities, crisis centers for domestic violence, homeless shelters, community service agencies, foster care programs, and nursing homes.

 

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. 

 

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Visit our financial aid page to learn your options for scholarships, grants, and loans.

Additional Resources

  Faculty and Staff
Jennifer Withrow
Chairperson and Assistant Professor
  2020-2021 Undergraduate Rate Sheet [PDF] (69 KB)

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View a complete listing of tuition, fees, and other costs associated with undergraduate study at the University.

  2019-2020 Undergraduate Rate Sheet [PDF] (94 KB)

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View a complete listing of tuition, fees, and other costs associated with undergraduate study at the University.

  Curriculum Guide [PDF] (143 KB)
  Student Assessment Outcomes

2015-2016 Social Work Student Assessment Outcomes [.docx] (17 KB)

Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council of Social Work Education

2016-2017 Social Work Student Assessment Outcomes [PDF] (22 KB)

Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council of Social Work Education.

Department Page

Department of Sociology & Social Work

Providing professional opportunity for individuals to contribute to the alleviation of social problems