Social Work- Bachelor of Science in Social Work

For information, contact Dr. Angela Curl, Director of the Undergraduate Social Work program, 101 McGuffey Hall, 513-529-2323,

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 program places a strong emphasis on developing knowledge and skills to work with diverse families.

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 social work license exam and be certified as a family life educator. This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and approved by the National Council on Family Relations.

Special Program Admission Requirements

Students may declare the social work major at any time. However, formal acceptance into the program must occur before a student is eligible to take FSW 306 and FSW 406. In order to be accepted, students must:

  1. Complete 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. Read the Undergraduate Social Work Student Handbook and submit a signed acknowledgement form indicating acceptance of the policies.
  4. Attend one of the Undergraduate Social Work student orientation sessions (typically offered at the start of Fall and Spring terms).

Students will receive written notification of formal acceptance once these steps are completed. 

You are strongly encouraged to meet with your social work academic adviser (or Program Director or Chief Departmental Advisor) within one month of declaring the social work major, and each semester thereafter.  

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
FSW 201Introduction to Social Work and Family Life Education3
FSW 206Social Welfare Policies & Programs4
FSW 245Children and Families: Ages Conception - 123
FSW 261Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle3
FSW 295Research and Evaluation Methods3
FSW 304Professionalism and Ethics for Practice3
FSW 306Trauma Responsive Assessment and Intervention3
FSW 312Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
FSW 365Family Life Sexuality Education Across Cultures3
FSW 406Group Theory and Practice3
FSW 411Senior Field Experience I4
FSW 412Senior Seminar in Social Work I2
FSW 413Senior Seminar in Social Work II2
FSW 414Senior Field Experience II4
FSW 415Culturally-Informed Practice3
FSW 418The Family Life Education Process3
FSW 442Family Resource Management: Education and Advocacy3
FSW 451Family Violence3
FSW 466Interpersonal Perspectives on Adulthood and Aging3
FSW 475Family Theories3
FSW 481Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-253
Required Related Hours
STA 261Statistics3-4
or STA 301 Applied Statistics
or CSE 243 Problem Analysis Using Computer Tools
PSY 242Abnormal Psychology3
Total Credit Hours70-71

Note: a grade of "C" or better must be earned for all "Required Core Courses". Students earning lower than a "C" in a class must repeat that course.

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

The Social Work Methods courses, FSW 306 (Fall semester only) and FSW 406/FSW 506 (Spring semester only), is typically completed in the junior year and must be completed prior to beginning Field Experience. The social work field experience is typically 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 concurrently for FSW 411 (Senior Field Experience I) and FSW 412 (Senior Field Seminar I), and FSW 413 (Senior Field Seminar II) with FSW 414 (Senior Field Experience 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.