What is your passion? Is social work the right fit for you? Social work is a profession for those with a passion to help others. Most social workers enter the profession because they want to assist in improving the well-being of people and society. It is an excellent career choice for those who care about social justice, human dignity and working with diverse populations. Students considering social work as a career should be interested in people of widely varying ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
The Social Work program is located in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHAS), one of the five disciplines within CHAS, at Central State University. The program is in candidacy to be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the undergraduate level. This accreditation assures that the curriculum and faculty meet established standards nationally. The baccalaureate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited educational institution is a prerequisite to apply for the social work license in Ohio and throughout the United States. The link to apply for licensure in Ohio is at www.cswmft.ohio.gov.
Our program’s mission statement expresses our philosophy, identity, values, and commitment; it is consistent with the purpose and values of the social work profession as specified in the CSWE accreditation standards. The mission of Central State University’s Social Work Program is to “develop beginning, competent generalist social work professionals, focusing on enhancing abilities to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession in order to become ethical practitioners with individuals, families, small groups, institutions, organizations, and communities. Graduates of the program will complete a curriculum that will enable them to meet the needs of diverse populations who are economically oppressed, promote the principles of advocacy, self-determination, and social justice while implementing a strengths perspective.”
The baccalaureate program in social work prepares students for beginning employment in social work or for graduate study. There are job opportunities in settings such as child welfare agencies, juvenile court systems, hospitals, mental health agencies, public health departments, correctional institutions, shelters, and neighborhood centers.