Improving Society One Step at a Time

Do you have a passion for helping others improve their lives and their communities? Consider studying in the Social Work and Family Studies Department at Ashland University.

The Social Work and Family Studies Department has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1987.

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

Field Experience

Field experience is integrated into every social work course. Students complete an agency observation, interview people who work in those agencies, interview individuals and families for specific assignments, visit a nursing home resident for a semester and attend support groups.

Our department has excellent relationships with local agencies; they are eager to have our students as interns because the students are always so well prepared. Our internships are block placements so that students can be in their agencies full-time, rather than running between agency and classes.

Our internships are an opportunity for exciting professional development in a real-life work setting; it is always a semester of tremendous growth. Students develop the confidence they need to enter the career of social work or to begin graduate school.


Students with AU GIVS handing out treats to children at Literacy Night


Contact Information

Bonfiglio, Diane
Diane Bonfiglio, Ph.D.
Chair, Addictions Counseling, Prevention and Human Services Department; Chair, Criminal Justice and Sociology Department; Chair, Psychology Department; Chair, Social Work and Family Studies Department ; Professor of Psychology
145 Dwight Schar College of Education