Social Work


Bachelor of Science in Social Work | College 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?

Agency placements

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. In 2019, the Miami University pass rate was 80% for the persons taking the social work license exam the first time; a pass rate that is well above the average for North America (67%).

Strong faculty

Miami's faculty are nationally known, and their classes emphasize client strengths and diversity.

Service projects

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.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Not applicable. 

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.

Course Requirements

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, intellectual disability 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.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Family Science and Social Work
101A McGuffey Hall 
Oxford, OH 45056