Social Work Major

A Social Work major is an excellent choice if you have a passion for helping others and like the challenge of working to better the lives of at-risk populations in your community and world. Through Ashland University’s Social Work program, you will study:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Interviewing and ways to assess clients
  • Case management
  • Community organization
  • Relationship building
  • Human behavior
  • Professional ethics
  • Diverse populations
  • Social policy and research

Ashland’s program, which is one of the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences, is nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the baccalaureate level. Your coursework prepares you to take the licensing exam required to become a Licensed (LSW) social worker in the state of Ohio and many other states.


Dedicated and Innovative Social Work Faculty

The department includes professors who not only possess years of experience in the classroom, but who also have extensive experience in the field:

  • The Program Director has been a practicing social worker since 1981. His diverse practice has allowed him to work in the areas of child welfare, school social work, community development, home health care, domestic violence and substance use.
  • The Field Director is an experienced clinical social worker who continues a small counseling practice today. She serves as a Delegate to the National Association of Social Workers Delegate Assembly.

Real-World Experience

More than 35 agencies partner with Ashland University to offer internships to our social work majors. Among the wide variety of internship possibilities are:

  • 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

Seniors complete a 500-hour agency placement in their final semester, working under the direction of a social worker working with real clients in real-life situations.

The Cleveland Urban Plunge weekend allows seniors to see some of the challenges faces by the homeless in an urban environment.  It is an eye-opening experience.

Interesting Classes You May Take

  • 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.

2017-18 Social Work Handbook