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Social work is for compassionate people wanting to help others who are struggling. Every day, social workers help thousands of people learn new ways to overcome some of life’s most challenging obstacles. Everyone’s life has been touched by a social worker in one way or another. And that’s exactly what social work is all about—helping others and making a difference in people’s lives. If you want a career that’s diverse, Learn more about 4 plus 1meaningful, and rewarding, social work is for you.

Social work provides a great variety of career paths in areas such as mental health and addiction, child welfare, healthcare, aging, school social work, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, military social work, human trafficking, and community organization.

Social workers are educators, advocates, care coordinators, therapists, community organizers, administrators, mediators, politicians, and researchers.


  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Courts
  • Correctional facilities
  • Mental health and substance use centers
  • Foster care and adoption agencies
  • International aid organizations
  • Veterans Affairs Centers and military bases
  • Private practice
  • Community centers
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Nursing homes and adult day centers
  • And many more

If you want a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction and an abundance of options, social work at Ohio State is for you!


To keep our communities safe, the university has canceled all in-person visits and events scheduled through December 2020. More information and updates about campus visits and events can be found here:

Register for a Social Work Virtual Academic Overview


If you are unable to attend one of these scheduled virtual academic overviews, please contact us to schedule a phone or zoom appointment or email us your questions.


Why Get a Degree in Social Work from Ohio State?

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.
  • Career Acceleration Plan (CAP): Pursue an advanced program to quickly complete the social work major courses in three semesters.
  • Career Services: Develop an early partnership to gain guidance and opportunities through our professional career services.
  • 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.
  • 4+1 BSSW/MSW Program: Apply for admission to both the Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and the Master in Social Work (MSW) program in one streamlined process. Admitted 4+1 students are guaranteed admission to Ohio State’s MSW Advanced Standing Alternative Program (ASAP) pending successful completion of undergraduate requirements. The MSW Program application fee and the Graduate School deposit will be waived for admitted 4+1 students.
  • 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.
  • Global Option: 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.
  • Specialized Minors: Substance Misuse and Addiction, Child Abuse and Neglect, and many more.
  • 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.
The College of Social Work Career Services Is Here for You

We are dedicated to providing you the resources you need to transition from student life to an exciting career path that will put your passions into purpose. We offer services, such as:

  • Delivering interactive and engaging group sessions that will help you fine-tune your interview and communications skills ensuring you are ready for any interview
  • Individual coaching sessions that will give you the skills needed to begin your job search
  • Connecting you to professional networks within your area of study
  • Sharing your enthusiasm as you triumph in the interview that will launch your career!

To meet with a career counselor, contact

Four-year Career Development Plan


A four-year plan can help you identify important tasks to accomplish year-by-year to reach your career and educational goals. The four-year plan below outlines the steps you can take each year to prepare to transition from college into your professional career.
Four-Year Career Development Plan [PDF]

Four-year Plan for Students Interested in Graduate School


Below is a four-year plan for students interested in going to graduate school. The plan is intended for students interested in a master’s or doctoral degree in social work, or a related discipline. Please keep in mind that based on your career and educational interests, not every suggestion will be appropriate for you.
Four-Year Plan: Graduate School [PDF] 

Explore Careers in Social Work


One of the greatest reasons for studying social work is that you will become well prepared for employment in a wide range of areas including aging, health care, international social work, clinical social work, and policy and planning. The breadth of your social work background will also provide you with great mobility for career shifts later in life.

Research is an essential step to exploring what areas within social work most interest you. You are encouraged to begin this exploration process early, in order to help us best match you to a senior-year field education placement that complements your career interests. Take time now to consider what area(s) of practice within social work most interest you.

Use the following links to research and explore the variety of careers within the field of social work.


Contact us with questions regarding the Undergraduate Social Work Program:

Jennie Babcock, MSW, LISW-S; Undergraduate Studies Director;, 614-292-5471
Students with last names A-M should contact Andréa Severson.
Students with last names N-Z should contact Stacy Song.
Andréa Severson, MSW: Academic Advisor;, 614-292-7488
Stacy Song, MSW: Academic Advisor;, 614-292-7591