Degrees & Programs




In the College of Social Work, we prepare our students to be leaders who enhance individual and community well-being, celebrate difference, and promote social and economic justice for vulnerable populations. Our program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


As a pre-major student, you will complete a wide range of courses that are offered across the university (General Education Curriculum).

  • Social Work 1100: Introduction to Ohio State and the College of Social Work; introduction to the university community and strategies for a successful transition; University policies and College procedures; academic requirements; exploration of social work profession. *OSU students with a minimum of 2 completed semesters at OSU, or new transfer students taking 18 required credits in their 1st semester may speak to their advisor about a possible credit substitution.
  • English 1110: First Year English Composition; practice in the fundamentals of expository writing, as illustrated in the student’s own writing and in the essays of professional writers.
  • Sociology 1101: Introductory Sociology; fundamental concepts of sociology and introduction to the analysis of social problems and interactions using sociological theories.
  • Biology 1102: Human Biology; exploration of human biology; topics include structure and physiological function, reproduction and development, genetics and disease, ecology, and evolution.
  • Psychology 1100: Introduction to Psychology; a broad survey of psychological science; application of the scientific method to the empirical study of behavior with emphasis on individual and cultural differences.
  • Math Placement Level R or higher or Math 1075: Algebraic, rational, and radical expressions; functions and graphs; quadratic equations; absolute value; inequalities; and applications.
  • Social Work 1120: Introduction to Social Welfare; students examine the nature and causes of social problems, explore the influence of societal values and beliefs on the social welfare system, and consider issues of diversity and discrimination.
  • Social Work 1130: Introduction to Social Work in a Contemporary Society; students gain an introduction to the core values, fundamental goals, unique functions and methods of the social work profession.
  • Social Work 1140: Minority Perspectives: Race, Ethnicity and Gender, students examine the structure of human societies, cultures, and institutions and the allocation of resources from the vantage point of oppressed minority populations.


As a major student, you will complete our social work major courses that enable the development of a common base of skills in the areas of: 

  • Social Policy and Program Analysis
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Diversity
  • Professional Ethics
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities
  • Social Work Research
  • Professional Ethics

Major courses include:

  • SWK 3101: Professional Values & Ethics: Introduction to the NASW Code of Ethics, ethical theory, and ethical issues and dilemmas that confront professional social workers.
  • SWK 3201: Social & Economic Justice: Strategies for Social Work: Introduction to social justice and injustice; strategies to address injustice and advocate for vulnerable populations.
  • SWK 3301: Lifespan Development: Examination of human development processes across the lifespan to understand human behavior.
  • SWK 3401: Discovering Evidence: First of a two course sequence focusing on the role of research in social work practice and how evidence is used to guide practice at all intervention levels.
  • SWK 3402: Applying Evidence: Second of a two course sequence focusing on methods of research design and implementation.
  • SWK 3501: Engagement & Interviewing Skills: Development of interviewing skills critical to social work. Didactic and experiential methods will provide a foundation for practice and facilitate entry into the field.
  • SWK 3502: Foundations of Generalist Practice: Introduction to the theories, knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice, with an emphasis on work with individuals.
  • SWK 3503: Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations: Foundation knowledge and a social work perspective for working with diverse populations, especially those who are oppressed and marginalized.
  • SWK 4188: Undergraduate Field Seminar: Integration of classroom knowledge and practice experiences; companion to field practicum.
  •  SWK 4189: Field Practicum: Two-semester internship in a social work agency; integration of classroom knowledge and skills with practice experiences.
  • SWK 4501: Generalist Practice with Families: Application of professional values, knowledge, and skills essential for effective generalist social work practice with families.
  • SWK 4502: Generalist Practice with Groups: Application of professional values, knowledge, and skills essential for effective generalist social work practice with groups.
  • SWK 4503: Generalist Practice with Larger Systems: Application of professional values, knowledge, and skills essential for effective generalist social work practice with communities and organizations.

In addition to the major courses, you will enroll in social work electives, which are designed to support and broaden your learning of generalist practice skills. Elective coursework may be selected from such areas as Child and Family Services, Corrections, Aging, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and Physical Health Care, Human Trafficking, Addiction, Loss and Grief, and International Social Work.


As an option to taking social work electives, you have the opportunity to complete a minor from the variety of minors offered at the Ohio State University. Minor courses replace the social work electives in the curriculum.


Your field practicum will consist of two consecutive semesters in a social service agency, beginning autumn semester of your senior year. You will spend 15 hours per week at your field agency and will receive 10 credit hours for the field practicum.

Field practicum allows students an opportunity to combine theoretical knowledge with skill acquisition as they learn to conduct themselves in a professional manner in actual practice situations.

Curriculum Sheet [PDF]

Curriculum Sheet – Block Placement Option [PDF]

  • Students will apply for a Block Placement on their Field Placement Questionnaire and if selected, students will be notified of their admission and follow this option.

General Education Courses [PDF]

Major Course Descriptions [PDF]

Social Work Electives [PDF]

To learn more about the undergraduate major or available minors programs, schedule an appointment with one of our academic advisors.