Few career paths lead to the heart of our Jesuit mission of helping others more directly than does the profession of social work. With a consistently higher than the national pass rate for first-time exam takers, our program will transform you into a professional who empowers individuals, families and communities by connecting them with resources and advocating for social change.
of students are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.
Social work students are immersed in hands-on learning at accredited field sites under the supervision of field instructors. Social work seniors are engaged 16 hours/week throughout their entire senior year in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, the public defender's office and the Red Cross.
Between the Student Social Work Organization and Phi Alpha National Honor Society, you'll gain a closer bond among social work students and participate in activities that enhance your Xavier experience.
Social workers engage with clients from many backgrounds. Learn about multiple "isms" and how they intersect with social problems, social institutions, ethical decision making, and designing solutions.
Your four years here focus on a holistic approach to social work. Adopt a social work "lens" through learning about social work's "Person in Environment" perspective, that is centered on the overall health and wellness of individuals and their communities. Similarly, in the Jesuit tradition, we call that focus on the whole person as Cura Personalis. Social workers expand Cura Personalis to include the person's environment.
Average size of classes
Partnerships with local nonprofit organizations for fieldwork
Xavier graduates across the globe
Students have access to a mentor
Xavier graduates have a high passing rate on the Ohio licensure exam (consistently higher than the national pass rate for first-time exam takers) and are ready to enter the job market or apply to graduate programs for social work, public health, counseling, or law school. Graduates go on to have rewarding careers in many areas, including:
Katie Schad, who graduated in 2015, is the business manager for the Beacon of Hope Business Alliance, which helps find jobs for recently incarcerated people trying to get back on their feet after being released.
A new immersion program will take students from different disciplines, such as education, health services administration, nursing and social work, into the barrio. Their mission? To simply observe, listen and later, to talk about their observations.
The graduating seniors of Xavier's Class of 2017 share advice for making the most of your four years at Xavier.