Social Work

Program Features

The social work program is one of the best examples of Xavier's Jesuit mission of helping others. The program transforms students into professionals who empower individuals, families and communities by connecting them with resources and advocating for social change. A student's four years focus on a holistic approach to social work, centered on the overall health and wellness of individuals and their communities.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Social Work major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • SOCIAL WORK 167 Survey of Society in SW............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 100/115 Composition/Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Second Language I............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101 Goa: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • PSYC 101 General Psychology ............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Second Language II............ 3cr.
  • THEO 111 Theological Foundations ............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102 Goa: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program II............ 3cr.

Fall

  • SOCIAL WORK 299 Child Welfare & Development............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 206 Intro Gender & Diversity Studies............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 200 Philosophical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205 Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Spring

  • SOCIAL WORK 300 Adolescence-Older Adulthood............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 208 Economics of Society............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 102 Life: Human Biology............ 2cr.
  • BIOLOGY 132 Life: Human Biology Lab............ 1cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • SOCIOLOGY 101 Intro to Sociology............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 392 Practice I: Individuals............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 315 Values, Poverty & Society............ 3cr.
  • Social Work Elective............ 3cr.
  • MATH 116 or 156 Statistics ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Social Work Elective ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 316 Social Policy ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 320 Communications Skills Seminar ............ 1cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK Upper Level Diversity Course ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 393 Practice II; Groups & Families ............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Elective ............ 3cr.

Fall

  • SOCIAL WORK 352 Research Methodology ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 394 Practice III: Communication & Org. ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 417 Social Work Field Instruction ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 419 Social Work Seminar ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 404 Religion, Ethics, & Professional Practice ............ 3cr.

Spring

  • SOCIAL WORK 424 Research Paper ............ 1cr.
  • Social Work Elective ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 418 Social Work Field Instruction ............ 3cr.
  • SOCIAL WORK 420 Social WorK Seminar ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.
  • General Elective ............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Social Work major at Xavier:

Survey of Society Social Work (SOCW 167) - This course offers an introduction to the profession of social work as well as social welfare. Students learn about social work's history, practice settings, and career paths. Today's social issues are examined using an advocacy framework with a focus on economic and social justice, a supportive environment, human needs and rights, and political access.

Intro to Gender & Diversity (SOCW 206) - This course is designed to help students develop a critical framework for analyzing and exploring the nature of social diversity, including privilege and oppression, with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, age, religion, and mental/physical abilities. It provides tools for ethical analysis of questions relating to the individual and collective experience of disenfranchisement as well as resiliency in society. Students will be introduced to interdisciplinary scholarship that examines oppression and privilege through the lens of society's social institutions.

Child Welfare and Development (SOCW 299) - This course provides the student knowledge of human development in the social environment from conception, fetal development, birth, infancy, early childhood, and middle childhood. Foundational theories and concepts are presented. Students will learn about child maltreatment and the child welfare system. This course is appropriate for many disciplines, especially in health related disciplines.

Values, Poverty and Society (SOCW 315) - This course is designed to offer students basic knowledge and understanding of the overall concept of social welfare as it relates to the collective well-being of all in our society. The social institution of social welfare, and how its services and systems are implemented in various nations, is examined and analyzed. Theories of power, privilege, and poverty are examined as they relate to the evolution of social welfare policies and programs.

Clubs

Social Work Club

In February 2007, the Student Social Work Organization at Xavier was formed. Members can expect to volunteer and participate in countless events, presentations and fundraisers. The organization holds annual events and activities like: A Violence Awareness Panel, a Coats, Cash and Can Drive for the Freestore Foodbank, movie fundraisers for the club, presentations on homelessness, and participation in the Cincinnati Take Back the Night event.

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Outcomes

100% of Xavier Social Work majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

Top Jobs: Adult and children's protective services, Services for housing and homelessness, Client advocacy, Older adult living communities, Medical or Forensic Social Work, Case Management, Women's crisis centers and victim advocacy, Foster care services, Coalitions for social problems, Services for those with developmental delays and disabilities, Social services for families and for seniors, Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Top Companies: Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services Children’s Protective Services, Talbert House, Lighthouse Youth Services, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Care, Cincinnati Public Schools, American Red Cross

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Field Education

Field work is a wonderful educational opportunity where students enter into a social service organization and work directly with client systems under the supervision of a social worker.


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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment for social workers “is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.” Job prospects are expected to be especially favorable for those specializing in work in rural areas or with aging populations.


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Alternative Breaks Club Turns 20

Amanda Corzine never knew the group she helped start would continue to attract participants and deliver help 20 years later. But it has, and it's expanded into an organization with hundreds of students. Corzine, a 2004 graduate with a degree in Social Work, was a catalyst behind starting the Alternative Breaks group at Xavier when she first got the idea back in 2000.

Social Work Major at Xavier University

Social Work at Xavier is a four-year undergraduate program grounded in the liberal arts which grants the student a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and has been accredited continuously for over 35 years by the Council on Social Work Education. For those with a strong desire to promote social justice and improve the collective well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, social work is a profession with both educational and licensure requirements. Social workers are licensed professionals helping both individual people and society with complex interpersonal and social problems.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."