Degrees & Programs


Program Highlights


The undergraduate program at OSU’s College of Social Work offers many competitive benefits and advantages to its students:

  • Social work major classes: Take classes in human behavior, social justice and advocacy, interviewing and assessment, practice with groups and families, community organizing, diversity, and professional ethics.
  • Social work electives: Choose electives that focus on corrections, international social work, substance misuse and addiction, human trafficking, loss and grief, child welfare, conflict resolution, developmental disabilities, and more.
  • Field placement: Gain hands-on experience by completing 420 clock hours of field work in one of our 800 Ohio social service agencies.
  • Honors program: Graduate with Honors Research Distinction! Students with a 3.4 GPA are eligible to apply to the Honors program, which allows you the opportunity to engage in 1:1 work with a faculty advisor to write a thesis reflecting your area of interest.
  • University Partnership/Title IV-E Child Welfare Training: Are you interested in working to prevent child maltreatment and provide services to children, families, and communities? Our Child Welfare Training Program provides you the opportunity to take specialized child welfare classes and complete your field placement in a public children services agency.
  • International Track: Do you have a passion to study abroad, understand diverse cultures, explore global social welfare issues, and become familiar with how social work practice is delivered in other countries? In addition to the required social work major courses, students can take a set of carefully planned general education courses and social work electives designed to develop beginning competency in international social work practice, complete a field placement in a social service agency that serves diverse international populations, and study abroad with social work faculty.
  • Substance Misuse and Addiction Minor: Are you interested in understanding theories of addiction and learning intervention and prevention strategies with addicted populations? Our substance misuse minor consists of 12 – 15 credit hours of coursework that can be applied toward the requirements for practice as a licensed chemical dependency counselor.
  • Flexible Programming: Students can complete the BSSW degree on the Columbus campus and on all four of our regional campuses – Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark – through a blend of distance-learning technologies and traditional classroom instruction.