What will I learn?

Social work is a profession for those with a passion to help others. Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; providing counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in relevant legislative processes.

The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social, economic and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of these factors. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting, such as hospitals, schools, private practices, correctional facilities, community mental health agencies and substance abuse treatment centers.

Program objectives

Graduates of the social work program will:

  • use social work values and ethics to guide professional practice.
  • apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to guide practice at multiple levels.
  • possess knowledge and skills for working effectively with diverse and vulnerable populations.
  • analyze social policy; promote social, economic and environmental well-being; and challenge injustice.
  • employ empirical evidence to inform, evaluate and improve practice.
  • develop a professional identity, with a commitment to life-long learning.

Career Prospects in Social Work

Students who pursue a degree in social work have a broad range of career possibilities. Graduates are prepared to work in careers such as aging and gerontology, child and family welfare, developmental disabilities, domestic violence, health care, homelessness, justice and corrections, international social work, mental health, policy and planning, school social work, and substance abuse treatment. Social workers are administrators, therapists, community organizers, educators, and researchers. They work with a diverse population, helping people in large cities and in small communities.

Many students use the undergraduate social work major as preparation for graduate school in social work. Students who have undergraduate degrees in social work can apply for one-year accelerated master of social work (MSW) programs. An MSW degree prepares students for advanced practice and is necessary to provide mental health counseling in most states.

Some students use the undergraduate social work major as preparation for various other graduate and professional programs including business, law, medicine and public health.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Work

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$34,989.00 (25,97,496) per year
Tuition fee includes an International Undergraduate Student Fee of USD $1,464 per semester, assessed to provide academic and support services for international students.
Start date

Expected August 2021

Venue

Ohio State Newark

1179 University Drive,

NEWARK,

Ohio,

43055, United States

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$34,989.00 (25,97,496) per year
Tuition fee includes an International Undergraduate Student Fee of USD $1,464 per semester, assessed to provide academic and support services for international students.
Start date

Expected August 2021

Venue

Ohio State Marion

1465 Mt. Vernon Avenue,

MARION,

Ohio,

43302, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successful completion of the minimum college prep requirements. High school performance (class rank and GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB. Other English Language Requirements: 550 or higher on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL).

For international students

Applicant must have successful completion of university preparatory courses, high school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA, Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community, Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement, Status as a first-generation university student, Demonstration of outstanding talent in a particular area and High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors. English proficiency level TOEFL: 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test and IELTS: 6.5 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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