Nov 30, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Social Work, Department of

College of Health Sciences and Professions  
Morton Hall 416
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1269
Fax: 740.593.0427

Terry Cluse-Tolar, Chair
Deb Pack, Administrative Specialist


Our misssion is to prepare students to serve ethically and competently as generalist social workers. We aim to educate students to utilize critical thinking and scientific inquiry to inform practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. We emphasize a person-in-environment framework, respecting human diversity and human rights while advocating for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice in underserved communities. Our focus includes a commitment to the core values of the social work profession and enhancing human relationships locally, nationally, and globally.


The Department of Social Work in the College of Health Sciences and Professions offers the following academic undergraduate programs:

Social Work (B.A.S.W.) - BA6601  
Social Work (B.S.W.) - BS6605 
Social Work (B.A.S.W.) [offered through Honors Tutorial College] - BA1930   

Social Service Minor - OR6602  

Human Services Technology (A.A.S.) - AA5201  

Department Accomplishments

The Department houses Council on Social Work Education accredited Social Work (SW) programs.


Opportunities for professional preparation vary in the department. Social Work prepares students for entry-level staff and management positions in social service task force agencies.  Social Work programs prepare students to enter generalist social work practice or pursue a clinical graduate degree in social work or a related field.  Graduates qualify to apply for licensure as a social worker in Ohio and most other states. 

Student Organizations

Alpha Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote high academic standards in social work education.  Undergraduate students are eligible for membership after achieving the following (see below) national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements.  Local chapters may establish higher eligibility requirements.  The application process begins in spring semester with the deadline for applications being January 31st.  A membership fee of $35 is also required upon acceptance to the Phi Alpha Honor Society.  Requirements for application include:

  • Declared social work major
  • Achieved sophomore status
  • Completion of three social work courses (9 CR)
  • Submit an essay of no more than 500 words describing the reasons why you want to belong to Phi Alpha and why you are qualified to be a member of Phi Alpha (beyond the requirements for admission)
  • Students in the top 35% by GPA are invited to apply


Alicia Castro,, Phone: 740.593.9773

Student Social Work Association (SSWA)

SSWA is open to all social work students and others interested in social issues. SSWA promotes community service on campus and in the region. The organization has regular meetings which are announced in classes and posted on the organization’s Blackboard site, as well as its Facebook page.


Alicia Castro,, Phone: 740.593.9773