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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

We’re known for helping leaders with a passion for social justice find a way to change the world.

When you choose Ursuline’s Social Work program, you’ll graduate prepared for social work licensure in the State of Ohio, ready for entry-level social work practice, and qualified for admission to graduate school. You’re going to be individually matched with agencies and organizations for field work practice based on your interests. The power of this is tremendous: your professors will know you well enough to place you in agencies doing work you are passionate about, connect you with mentors you will click with, and personally seek out fieldwork environments that are a match for your post-college goals. This is a win-win for you and your future employers: many graduate students from other programs are passed over for fieldwork placements in favor of Ursuline undergraduates who are sure to be the perfect fit.

Other points of pride for our incredible Social Work program include a partnership with Case Western Reserve Mandel School of Social Science where you’ll have advanced standing in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program just by graduating from Ursuline with your Bachelor’s degree, an advisory board of Social Work professionals who guide our students into the profession, and a professor who is part of the national committee that literally writes the Social Work licensure exam (can you think of a better teacher to prepare you for it?). Since 1999, 14 Ursuline students have been named Bachelor of Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers’ Ohio chapter, Region III. This program offers both online and in-person courses and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll be ready to integrate values, skills, knowledge and ethical standards of the social work profession with a liberal arts foundation through the Ursuline Core Curriculum.
  • You’ll be ready for graduate education and social work licensure in the State of Ohio
  • You’ll excel when working with diverse populations, and those who are at-risk of oppression, especially women, and to advance social and economic justice through leadership.
  • Our program’s strengths perspective is a key theoretical approach to practice-based education: you’ll identify your strengths and be challenged to be reflective.

Learn more on the Social Work program homepage.

We’re known for helping leaders with a passion for social justice find a way to change the world.

When you choose Ursuline’s Social Work program, you’ll graduate prepared for social work licensure in the State of Ohio, ready for entry-level social work practice, and qualified for admission to graduate school. You’re going to be individually matched with agencies and organizations for field work practice based on your interests. The power of this is tremendous: your professors will know you well enough to place you in agencies doing work you are passionate about, connect you with mentors you will click with, and personally seek out fieldwork environments that are a match for your post-college goals. This is a win-win for you and your future employers: many graduate students from other programs are passed over for fieldwork placements in favor of Ursuline undergraduates who are sure to be the perfect fit.

Other points of pride for our incredible Social Work program include a partnership with Case Western Reserve Mandel School of Social Science where you’ll have advanced standing in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program just by graduating from Ursuline with your Bachelor’s degree, an advisory board of Social Work professionals who guide our students into the profession, and a professor who is part of the national committee that literally writes the Social Work licensure exam (can you think of a better teacher to prepare you for it?). Since 1999, 14 Ursuline students have been named Bachelor of Social Work Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers’ Ohio chapter, Region III. This program offers both online and in-person courses and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll be ready to integrate values, skills, knowledge and ethical standards of the social work profession with a liberal arts foundation through the Ursuline Core Curriculum.
  • You’ll be ready for graduate education and social work licensure in the State of Ohio
  • You’ll excel when working with diverse populations, and those who are at-risk of oppression, especially women, and to advance social and economic justice through leadership.
  • Our program’s strengths perspective is a key theoretical approach to practice-based education: you’ll identify your strengths and be challenged to be reflective.

Learn more on the Social Work program homepage.

Our graduates are eligible for entry-level licensure in the state of Ohio and for 15 credits of advanced standing in a graduate school of social work. Being a graduate of Ursuline College’s Social Work Program provides name-recognition in Greater Cleveland’s community of social work professionals as someone who is a qualified, entry-level social work professional. US News and World Report ranks social work in the Ten Best Social Service Professions. By 2022, the field is expected to grow by 19%.

Here is just a sample of the community agencies and organizations employing our Social Work graduates:

  • AIDS Task Force
  • BeechBrook
  • Community Partnership on Aging
  • Crossroads Hospice
  • Hospice of the Western Reserve
  • Medical Free Clinic
  • MetroHealth System
  • Recovery Resources
  • West Side Community House
  • Women Safe
  • Women’s Re-entry Network

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work:

  • Social Work 101 – Intro to Social Work
  • Psychology 101 – Intro to Psychology
  • Sociology 103 – Principles of Sociology
  • Biology 130/Lab – Human Biology
  • Social Work 216 – Social Welfare as a Social Institution
  • Social Work 240 – Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Social Work 318 – Policies, Programs, and Issues
  • Either Social Work 360 or Social Work 488
  • Philosophy 350 – Ethical Values, Philosophy 260 – Bioethics, or Social Work Seminar on Ethics
  • Social Work 302 – Generalist Practice I
  • Social Work 401 – Generalist Practice II
  • Social Work 402 – Generalist Practice III
  • Mathematics 212 – Statistics
  • Social Work 338 – Theory
  • Social Work 434 – Research Methods
  • Social Work 411 – Field Placement I
  • Social Work 412 – Field Placement II

 

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Sharon Zimmerman Wilson, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W-S., Program Director, Director of Online Social Work Education
Stacey O’Brien, M.S.S.A., L.I.S.W.-S., Director of Field Education

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.

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