“This internship really has made me want to be a social worker even more, and it makes me want to look into CASA even more to be completely honest.”
Social workers are compassionate, creative problem-solvers who are employed in human service settings: including children's services, mental health facilities, nursing homes, schools, corrections facilities and rehabilitation clinics.
- Area agencies recognize that Bluffton prepares knowledgeable social workers and many students have jobs lined up before they graduate.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is expected
to increase by 16 percent through 2026, more than double the projected growth for
More from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
At Bluffton, every social work major gains hands-on experience through 448 hours of 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 program, which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, meets or exceeds all necessary standards.
- An emphasis on social justice and anti-oppressive practices
- Advisors dedicated to student success and personal mentorship
- More than 40 internship/fieldwork placement locations to fit your career goals
- Most transfer students are able to complete a social work major in two academic years
Keyon Camden ’19, from Wayne, Ohio, came to Bluffton University as a music major but
soon realized his calling was in helping others in a more direct way. Having transitioned
to social work, he states that the change has been the best decision he’s made in
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
Bluffton's social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
By being an accredited program and school, our students will be eligible for their licensure to be a licensed social worker at a baccalaureate level. Graduating from an accredited program, will put our students in advanced standing for admission into graduate schools of social work.
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.