Bachelor of Science in Social Work | School of Education, Health, and Society
What is Social Work?
Social workers focus on populations at risk and work to make changes in policies that affect these people. The social work major is for students preparing for generalist social work practice. You can choose from a variety of internships, including inner-city or rural environments.
When you graduate, you are licensure-eligible and can apply for your social work license in Ohio and other states. And because the major is built upon a strong liberal arts base, you have better opportunities for jobs or graduate school.
What are the features of Miami's program?
All students accepted into the program will have the opportunity to work at a social service agency with clients. Here, you apply classroom learning to real-life situations while working to help make a difference in peoples' lives.
Outstanding licensure rate
Students in the program receive thorough professional preparation. While the state of Ohio doesn't provide specific numbers, informal response from our graduates indicates that of those who stay in contact with us, a very high percentage pass the licensure exam.
Miami's faculty are nationally known, and their classes emphasize client strengths and diversity.
Through Miami's Student Association of Social Work, you get the opportunity to participate in many service projects, giving you valuable experience before your senior practicum.
Contact with professionals: Social work practitioners from area social service agencies provide valuable consultation to our students and can help them find practicum placements and contacts for job placement.
Are there special admission requirements?
To enter to the Social Work program, you must declare it as your pre-major. In order to be accepted, you must complete 30 hours of course work with a 2.5 g.p.a. or above, complete course work like Introduction to Social Work and Social Relations, complete 20 hours of volunteer work in a social service agency, fill out a questionnaire, and have two letters of recommendations. Admission is limited and applications are approved by the social work faculty.
What courses would I take?
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, this program provides a professional foundation in social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice, populations-at-risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, social work research, and field practice.
In your first year, you'll take liberal education courses along with courses related to social work, such as Social Relations, Introduction to Psychology, and Child Development. In your second year, you'll begin social work courses, continue your liberal education courses, and apply to become a social work major.
During your junior year, you'll finish liberal education courses and focus on social work. Your senior year will culminate with a practicum for which you will work at a social service agency. Recent practicums have taken place in Butler County hospitals' social service departments; in the Butler County Children's Services and Adult Services departments; in the Parent Aid Program at Catholic Social Services; in area schools working with pregnant teens or with students whose families have experienced emotional, financial, or social difficulty; in the Parachute Program where interns guide children through the court system; and in Cincinnati's inner-city schools working with teachers and parents.
What can I do with this major?
Social work graduates are eligible for employment in many different work settings, including nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, home-care agencies, substance-abuse agencies, mental health services, mental retardation services, vocational rehabilitation services, public health agencies, community action agencies, family service agencies, aging services, residential treatment programs, child and adult day care centers, domestic violence programs, homeless shelters, criminal justice agencies, schools, income maintenance programs, and legal service agencies.
Many of our graduates go directly into social service work. However, because you need a graduate degree to work in such areas as hospital administration or family and individual therapy, others continue on in graduate programs-often at nationally ranked schools.