The Ohio State University at Marion

What is Social Work?

Social work is a profession for those with a passion to help others. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; providing counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in relevant legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social, economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of these factors. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting, such as hospitals, schools, private practices, correctional facilities, community mental health agencies, and substance abuse treatment centers. If you want a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction, and an abundance of options, social work is for you.

Important Course Information

BSSW Field Placement

The BSSW field placement provides students with an opportunity to engage in generalist social work practice. Students are able to observe and participate in both direct and indirect service. The field placement is completed during the autumn and spring semester during senior year and is comprised of 420 total hours, 210 per semester at 15 hours per week.