Preparing You for a Lifetime of Advocacy

Ashland University’s Social Work program trains you to serve at-risk populations. Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this program is one of the largest programs in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. It prepares you to take the licensing exam required to become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Ohio and many other states.

Contact Us

Brenda Rodeback
221 Kettering Science Building
Ashland, OH 44805
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Undergraduate Catalogs

Social Work Course Rotations

Interesting classes you may take include:

  • Family Violence. Examine the dynamics of power and control in intimate relationships.

  • Foundations of Social Welfare. Study the history of social welfare in the United States to understand the context of social welfare movements and policies.

  • International Perspectives on Women. Study women’s issues from an international perspective and address the diversity and similarity of women’s experiences worldwide.

Current Academic Year
Social Work Four-Year Guide

Minoring in Social Work

Enhance your current major with a greater understanding of at-risk individuals. The Social Work minor at Ashland University is perfect for you if you’re planning on working in healthcare, mental health service, education, or criminal justice. By minoring in social work, you will:

  • Become familiar with the social welfare structure in the United States

  • Learn about the historical and ethical frameworks of social work

  • Expand your knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, and how each interacts with one another

  • Learn about international issues related to social justice

  • Study a specific population group (i.e. family and children)

Unlike the Social Work program major, minoring in Social Work will not allow you to become a licensed social worker, but it will provide you with a more enriching experience to understand and work with individuals in their social environments.

Course NumberTitleHrs.
SOC 111 Principles of Sociology 3
OR
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOCWK 221 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOCWK 250 Foundations of Social Welfare 3
SOCWK 230 Global Human Rights 3
OR
SOCWK 330 International Perspectives on Women (3)
SOCWK 304 Human Behavior Across the Lifespan 3
OR
SOCWK 306 Social Environment and Human Behavior (3)
Choose Three (3) Credit Hours of the Following
SOCWK 230 Global Human Rights 3
SOCWK 265 Parent-Child Relationships (3)
SOCWK 305 Family Violence (3)
SOCWK 320 Topics in Social Work (3)
SOCWK 323 Later Adulthood in the Family Context (3)
SOCWK 324 Working With Older Adults (3)
SOCWK 330 International Perspectives on Women (3)
SOCWK 350 Death and Dying (3)
Total Hours:18

Contact Us

Brenda Rodeback
221 Kettering Science Building
Ashland, OH 44805
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Undergraduate Catalogs

Social Work Course Rotations

Interesting classes you may take include:

  • Family Violence. Examine the dynamics of power and control in intimate relationships.

  • Foundations of Social Welfare. Study the history of social welfare in the United States to understand the context of social welfare movements and policies.

  • International Perspectives on Women. Study women’s issues from an international perspective and address the diversity and similarity of women’s experiences worldwide.

Current Academic Year
Social Work Four-Year Guide

Minoring in Social Work

Enhance your current major with a greater understanding of at-risk individuals. The Social Work minor at Ashland University is perfect for you if you’re planning on working in healthcare, mental health service, education, or criminal justice. By minoring in social work, you will:

  • Become familiar with the social welfare structure in the United States

  • Learn about the historical and ethical frameworks of social work

  • Expand your knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, and how each interacts with one another

  • Learn about international issues related to social justice

  • Study a specific population group (i.e. family and children)

Unlike the Social Work program major, minoring in Social Work will not allow you to become a licensed social worker, but it will provide you with a more enriching experience to understand and work with individuals in their social environments.

Course NumberTitleHrs.
SOC 111 Principles of Sociology 3
OR
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOCWK 221 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOCWK 250 Foundations of Social Welfare 3
SOCWK 230 Global Human Rights 3
OR
SOCWK 330 International Perspectives on Women (3)
SOCWK 304 Human Behavior Across the Lifespan 3
OR
SOCWK 306 Social Environment and Human Behavior (3)
Choose Three (3) Credit Hours of the Following
SOCWK 230 Global Human Rights 3
SOCWK 265 Parent-Child Relationships (3)
SOCWK 305 Family Violence (3)
SOCWK 320 Topics in Social Work (3)
SOCWK 323 Later Adulthood in the Family Context (3)
SOCWK 324 Working With Older Adults (3)
SOCWK 330 International Perspectives on Women (3)
SOCWK 350 Death and Dying (3)
Total Hours:18

What to Expect in the Social Work Program

You’ll study a variety of topics including:

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Interviewing and ways to assess clients

  • Case Management

  • Community Organization

  • Relationship Building

  • Human Behavior

  • Professional Ethics

  • Diverse Populations

  • Social Policy and Research

Social Work Program Benefits

In addition to making a difference in the lives of others, you’ll also experience these benefits:

  • Receive personalized attention in small class sizes to facilitate your learning

  • Learn from dedicated and innovative social work faculty who not only possess years of experience in the classroom but also extensive experience in the field

  • Gain invaluable first hand experience with internship opportunities from over 40 agency partners

  • Be prepared for social work licensure with quality courses and a program history of successful pass rates

As a senior, you’ll complete a 500-hour agency placement working under the direction of a social worker to work with clients in real-life situations.

Social Work Career Outlook

Average Career Salary

$47,980 per year

Average Career Outlook

16 percent growth by 2026, much faster than the average job growth

Internship Opportunities

More than 40 agencies partner with us to offer internship opportunities, including:

  • Mental health clinics working with youth or adults

  • Children’s services agencies helping with foster care, adoption and child abuse

  • Schools working with children and teens

  • Hospitals doing assessments and discharge planning

  • Rehabilitation clinics working with youth

  • Long-term care facilities working with older adults

  • Community agencies working with pregnant teens and other underserved groups

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