Social work

Social work is for compassionate people wanting to help others who are struggling. Social workers are found in almost every facet of life — that’s a lot to explore.

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, meaningful, and rewarding, social work is for you.


Bachelor of Social Work

Mission Statement

The Ohio State University Bachelor of Science in Social Work Program prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. We develop leaders in social work whose practice promotes professional values and ethics and demonstrates commitment to difference and diversity. Our graduates will employ evidence-informed practice, advocate for and empower vulnerable populations, and advance social, economic, environmental, and political justice.

Program Goals

  • Prepare generalist social workers to use social work values and ethics to guide professional practice;
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to guide practice at multiple levels;
  • Possess knowledge and skills for working effectively with diverse and vulnerable populations;
  • Analyze social policy, promote social, economic, and environmental well-being, and challenge injustice;
  • Employ empirical evidence to inform, evaluate, and improve practice;
  • Develop a professional identity, with a commitment to life-long learning.


Students with questions regarding the social work major application process should contact:

Raegan Donchess
BSSW Program and Field Placement Coordinator 
Phone: 740-364-9554