Social Work- Bachelor of Science in Social Work

This Social Work major has a foundation in the liberal arts. The goal is to prepare students for generalist baccalaureate-level social work practice by integrating the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession. Students are provided a professional foundation in social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice skills, social work research, and a field experience in an agency setting. 

The curriculum prepares students to work with persons across the lifespan facing a diversity of issues and in a wide range of settings including nonprofits, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to take the national license exam through the Association of Social Work Boards and to apply for licensure in their state. This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Social Work Methods courses FSW 306 (Fall) and FSW 406 (Spring) are taken in the junior year and must be completed prior to starting the field experience during senior year.  

Special Program Admission Requirements

Students must apply for and be accepted into the BSW program at Miami University. Prospective social work majors must complete an online application (available on the BSW website) and meet the criteria as identified below. Incoming students who have previously declared a social work major must also apply for acceptance into the social work program beginning fall semester 2018.

  1. Completion of FSW 201 & FSW 206 with a grade of “C” or better.
  2. Current or transfer students seeking admission to the BSW program, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
  3. Complete an online application (available on the BSW website) by March 31 annually. Transfer students are required to complete this application by July 31 the fall prior to beginning social work courses.

Accepted students will receive written notification. Upon acceptance to the social work major, students must also complete the following steps:

  1. Read the Undergratuate Social Work Student Handbook provided to all new majors.
  2. Submit the signed acknowledgement form indicating acceptance of the policies in the student handbook.
  3. Meet with the Program Director or assigned academic advisor, preferably within a month of acceptance.
  4. Attend one of the Undergraduate Social Work student orientation sessions that are typically held at the start of Fall and Spring terms.

NOTE: The following courses must be taken on the Oxford campus prior to being assigned to the Field Experience. 

  • FSW 306 (offered fall semester only) and
  • FSW 406 (offered spring semester only)

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
FSW 201Introduction to Social Work3
FSW 206Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups4
FSW 261Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle3
FSW 295Research and Evaluation Methods3
FSW 306Social Work Practice I4
FSW 309Social Welfare Policy II3
FSW 312Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
FSW 406Social Work Practice II4
FSW 411Senior Field Experience I6
FSW 412Senior Seminar in Social Work I2
FSW 413Senior Seminar in Social Work II2
FSW 414Senior Field Experience II6
Required Related Hours
BIO 161Principles of Human Physiology4
or BIO 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology
ECO 131Economic Perspectives on Inequality in America3
or ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
PSY 111
PSY 112
Introduction to Psychology
and Foundational Experiences in Psychology
or EDP 101 Psychology Of The Learner
SOC 151Social Relations3-4
or SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context
STA 261Statistics4
or ISA 205 Business Statistics
or STA 301 Applied Statistics
Select four of the following:12
Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12
Developmental Psychology
Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging
Adulthood and Aging
Family Theories
Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Advanced Social Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities
Total Credit Hours72-74

Social Work Senior Field Experience (OPEN TO SOCIAL WORK MAJORS ONLY)

The Social Work Methods courses, FSW 306 (Fall) and FSW 406 (Spring) must be completed in the junior year and must be completed prior to beginning Field Experience. The social work field experience is taken in the senior year over two terms for a total of 450 clock hours in an agency setting (225 hours/term). Students are required to register for

FSW 411 (Senior Field Experience I) concurrently with FSW 412 (Senior Field Seminar I) and FSW 413 (Senior Field Experience II) concurrently with FSW 414 (Senior Field Seminar II). The field experience provides an opportunity to apply generalist social work knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to working with clients in an agency setting.