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Program Overview

Prepare yourself for a lifetime of advocacy. By joining Ashland University’s Social Work program, you will gain the experience and education needed to serve a variety of at-risk populations.

You will master crisis intervention, client assessment and case management while gaining insight into human behavior, the structure of relationships and the organization of communities.

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Learning Experiences

In the Social Work program you will:

  • Receive personalized attention in small classes
  • Learn from dedicated, innovative faculty who have extensive experience with social work
  • Gain invaluable, firsthand experience through field placements with more than 40 agency partners.
  • Become fully prepared to obtain social work licensure. Past graduates have achieved more than a 90 percent pass average on the Association of Social Work Boards, exceeding the national pass rate of 78 percent and the Ohio pass rate of 83 percent.
  • In the past five years, more than 95 percent of graduates have received a job offer or been accepted to a graduate school within six months after graduation

As a senior, you will complete a 500-hour agency placement working under the direction of a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) to gain experience working with clients in real-life situations.

To learn more about what you can expect in the Social Work program, refer to the Ashland University Social Work Handbook.

Student with AU GIVS visits with a resident of Good Shepherd nursing home


Courses required for the Social Work program 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

For details, review the Four-Year Curriculum Guide and Academic Catalog.

Contact Information

Diane Bonfiglio, Ph.D.
Chair, Social Work and Family Studies Department
145 Dwight Schar College of Education

Sara Williams (Szmania)
Administrative Assistant

238 College of Education