“It's all about standing up for those who don't have a voice,” Jacob Stabler ’13 says. “I fell in love with it, changed my major and the rest is history.”
Social workers are compassionate, creative problem-solvers who are employed in human service settings: family and child welfare, juvenile services, mental health, corrections, hospitals, nursing homes and in programs for the elderly, developmentally disabled and substance addictions. Occupational outlook >>>
At Bluffton, every social work major gains hands-on experience through field placement in addition to quality classroom instruction. Bluffton professors are not so much teaching undergraduate students as they are “training future colleagues.”
Most agencies prefer or require their social service workers to be licensed. As an accredited social work program, our graduates are eligible to apply for the state license. Our accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education assures you that the program meets (or exceeds) all necessary standards to provide a quality educational experience.
Bluffton’s social work major prepares you for entry-level practice and provides a solid foundation for graduate school. Choose from more than 40 human service agencies to complete 448 hours of required practicum experience in your senior year.
Bluffton’s accredited social work program enables Bluffton's graduates to apply for state licensure. Our program meets all necessary standards to provide a high-quality educational experience with professors interested in your growth and development throughout your time here.
With the desire to aid others in the area of social justice issues, Rowena Zuercher '20 took a gap year between high school graduation and her freshman year at Bluffton University to work with the active service groups in Los Angeles. Rowena's story >
In addition to declaring a social work major, you must apply to be formally admitted to the social work program and fulfill socialization activity requirements.
- Declare a major in social work major. You will then be assigned an academic advisor from within the social work program to help you prepare to apply for admission to the social work program.
- During your sophomore year, as part of the Human Behavior and Social Environment course, you will complete the application to the social work program,
- Read more about the program and the application process in the Social Work Student Manual
- Courses for a major in social work
Social workers who wish to go into the healthcare or clinical field of social work or desire to have a private practice or supervising position will need to obtain a Masters in Social Work. Find a list of accredited schools who offer an MSW at Council on Social Work Education.
Frequently asked questions
Every state requires some form of legal regulation of social work practice. Ohio requires social workers to be licensed. A bachelor's degree in social work is needed to be eligible to apply for the license.