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Social Work


Social Work Program Goals

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The baccalaureate program in social work is designed to prepare graduates to be generalist social work practitioners. As compared to social work training in the past, when the student chose a methodology as a major area. (namely casework, group work, community organization or administration) the student today is trained for a different perspective, namely a systems approach. The social work generalist is a person who has knowledge and skills to work in social systems, large and small.

  1. The preparation of students for entry level generalist professional practice engaging individuals, families, groups and communities with a focus on strengths and empowerment.
  2. The educational preparation of students that encourages ethical behavior consistent with social work values.
  3. The preparation of students who have the abilities and skills to engage in practice with at-risk populations and those identified as oppressed within a diverse society.
  4. The preparation of students who have developed an ongoing commitment to improving social work practice.
  5. The preparation of professional social workers to actively engage in critical thinking and inquiry.
  6. The preparation of students for continued professional graduate education.

Mission of the Social Work Program

The mission of the Social Work Program at Bowling Green State University is to prepare students for professional social work practice with diverse and at-risk populations, emphasizing client system strengths, social justice, respect and appreciation of human diversity, and the worth and dignity of all people through teaching, research, and public service.

Our Philosophy

The Social Work program at Bowling Green trains students not only to know about social work, but also to be able to do social work. Thus practical experience is stressed in addition to coursework. Throughout the curriculum, emphasis is placed upon applying knowledge to situations faced in real life. The program provides a generalist orientation to social work in that it provides knowledge and skills that can be utilized in a wide variety of social settings. A successful graduate of the program gains strong preparation for graduate social work education as well as an appreciation for community involvement and the ability to become employed as an entry level social work professional.

Program Characteristics

Small Class Sizes

The student to faculty ratio is 25 to1. This allows for increased student-faculty contact and enhances classroom interaction.

Experiential Component

Students are required to become involved in community service programs while they take courses which allows them to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Required Field Work

A major component of the program consists of a full semester of field instruction during the senior year where students perform as social workers under the supervision of experienced professionals.


The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible for licensure in states that currently have social work licensure laws, including Ohio.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate, Social Work students demonstrate competence in such practice behaviors as the following:

  • engaging, assessing, intervening and evaluating individuals, families, groups, and communities;
  • analyzing the impact of social policy on client well-being and service delivery systems;
  • advocating for human rights and social and economic justice for people impoverished, disenfranchised, or devalued;
  • using professional ethics, critical reasoning, and research;

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is in good standing. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Social Work program leads to professional licensure. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Social Work program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.