Few career paths lead to the heart of our Jesuit mission of helping others more directly than does the profession of social work. Our program transforms 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.
Spend time in a local or regional social service organization and work directly with clients under the supervision of an experienced social worker.
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 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:
The graduating seniors of Xavier's Class of 2017 share advice for making the most of your four years at Xavier.
Jessica Donohue-Dioh, a 2004 Social Work graduate who now teaches at Xavier, knew right away what had happened to Harold and Dancy D'Souza, whose dreams of a new life in America were dashed when they lost their money, their papers and their freedom. They were victims of human trafficking.
Xavier volleyball player and social work major McKena Estes talks about volunteering in Lima, Peru, traveling and the importance of community.