Undergraduate Program (BSW)

Social Work

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.

Sample Four-Year Social Work Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
SOCIAL WORK 167 Survey of Society in SW 3
ENGLISH 100/115 Composition/Rhetoric 3
Second Language I 3
PHILOSOPHY 100 Intro to Philosophy 3
CORE 100 First-Year Seminar 3
CORE 101 Goa: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3
Historical Perspectives 3
Second Language II 3
THEO 111 Theological Foundations 3
Creative Perspectives 3
CORE 102 Goa: First-Year Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
SOCIAL WORK 299 Child Welfare & Development 3
SOCIAL WORK 206 Intro Gender & Diversity Studies 3
PHILOSOPHY 200 Philosophical Perspective 3
Scientific Perspectives 3
ENGLISH 205 Literature & Moral Imagination 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
SOCIAL WORK 300 Adolescence-Older Adulthood 3
SOCIAL WORK 208 Economics of Society 3
BIOLOGY 102 Life: Human Biology 2
BIOLOGY 132 Life: Human Biology Lab 1
Humanities Elective 3
Oral Communications Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
SOCIOLOGY 101 Intro to Sociology 3
SOCIAL WORK 392 Practice I: Individuals 3
SOCIAL WORK 315 Values, Poverty & Society 3
Social Work Elective 3
MATH 116 or 156 Statistics 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Social Work Elective 3
SOCIAL WORK 316 Social Policy 3
SOCIAL WORK 320 Communications Skills Seminar 1
SOCIAL WORK Upper Level Diversity Course 3
SOCIAL WORK 393 Practice II; Groups & Families 3
Quantitative Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
SOCIAL WORK 352 Research Methodology 3
SOCIAL WORK 394 Practice III: Communication & Org. 3
SOCIAL WORK 417 Social Work Field Instruction 4
SOCIAL WORK 419 Social Work Seminar 2
SOCIAL WORK 404 Religion, Ethics, & Professional Practice 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
SOCIAL WORK 424 Research Paper 1
Social Work Elective 3
SOCIAL WORK 418 Social Work Field Instruction 4
SOCIAL WORK 420 Social WorK Seminar 2
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

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 a beginning knowledge and historical understanding of the profession of social work, as well as the social institution of social welfare and health. Basic social welfare concepts and social and behavioral theories are studied analyzing current events through a social justice lens using critical thinking skills.

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) - Child Welfare and Development (SOCW 299) - This course provides the student knowledge of human development in the social environment from conception through fetal development, birth, infancy, early childhood, and middle childhood. An overview of both healthy and non-healthy development through the lens of diversity and within the context of social institutions, most notably the child welfare system and the family is presented. Students will learn about developmental niche, family pluralism with specific focus on grandparents parenting grandchildren, disproportional representation and disparity of outcomes for children of color in the child welfare system, and racial and gender identify development in childhood. Foundational theories and concepts are presented to prepare the student with knowledge for viewing development and human transitions through social interactions. Students will learn about child maltreatment, the child welfare system and services. 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 through an ethical and underlying values analysis of the historically religious roots of the concept of social welfare to the present implementation. 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.

98% of students are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

98%

of students are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

STAND OUT THAT'S THE XAVIER DIFFERENCE

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Spend time in a local or regional social service organization and work directly with clients under the supervision of an experienced social worker.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

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.

CULTURAL COMPETENCE

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.

CARE FOR THE WHOLE PERSON

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.

Xavier by the numbers

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

250+

PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS FOR FIELDWORK

65,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

ALL

STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO A MENTOR

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AFTER GRADUATION

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:

  • 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 like homelessness
  • Services for those with developmental delays and disabilities
  • Social services for families and for seniors
  • Mental Health and Addiction Services