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This curriculum encompasses both art and science in the creative integration of professional values, foundation knowledge and skills for application in unique situations.
Degree and programs offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
See also: Social Work is a profession that helps people cope with environmental demands, strengthen their social relationships and enrich their ways of living.

Building on and integrated with a liberal arts base, the curriculum of the Social Work major is presented from a generalist, ecological perspective that prepares students for entry level professional practice working with individuals, families, groups, agencies and communities. 

The course of study emphasizes assisting students to achieve an understanding of the knowledge and attitudes needed in order that the social worker can interact effectively across social and cultural diversity.

The major includes content in the following five areas: human behavior and the social environment; social welfare policies and services; practice methods; research; and field work.

The Ohio Dominican University baccalaureate degree in social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Social Work Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 SWK 100
    MTH 140
    BIO 105 or 107
    PSY 100  Elective
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279 SWK 220
    SWK 120 LIT
    SWK 222 Foreign Language 111
    Foreign Language 110
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    SWK 320 SWK 321
    SWK 352 SWK 342
    THL SWK 379B
    Elective Elective
    Elective Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    SWK 341 SWK 481
    SWK 480 SWK 483
    SWK 479A
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in Social Work

    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below. 

    The ODU Social Work Program does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

    Courses Credits
    SWK 100 Social Problems & Social Policies 3*
    SWK 120 Theory and Practice I: Introduction to the Profession 3*
    SWK 220 Human Behavior in Social Environment I 3*
    SWK 222 Human Behavior in Social Environment II 3*
    SWK 320 Theory & Practice II: Direct Practice in Social Work 3*
    SWK 321 Theory & Practice III: Macro Practice in Social Work 3*
    SWK 341 Integrated Human Behavioral Theories/SWK Practice 3*
    SWK 342 Policy Advocacy Practice 3*
    SWK 352 Research Methods 3*
    SWK 379B CORE: Global Ethnic Relations 3*
    SWK 479A CORE: Social Work Seminar I 3*
    SWK 480 Field Work I 6*
    SWK 481 Field Work II 6*
    SWK 483 Social Work Seminar II 3*
    Required Correlatives
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    BIO 105 Principles of Human Anatomy 3
    BIO 107 Principles of Biology 4

    Courses Credits
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3
    PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    Total Credits Required 60-61
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA