Provost's Office

Social Work

(Administered by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work)
Patricia Groves, Program Director, Undergraduate Adviser and Honors Adviser
Connie Schondel, Undergraduate Adviser
Gary Mertlich, Undergraduate Adviser
Terry Cluse-Tolar, Undergraduate Adviser

Degrees Offered

The Social Work program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is recognized by the National Association of Social Work as required for entry into the beginning level of professional practice. Graduates of the program automatically meet the education requirements for licensing as a social worker in the state of Ohio.

Requirements for the Undergraduate Major

Freshman entering The University of Toledo with the intent of majoring in Social Work will be categorized as "Pre-Social Work" until they complete the entrance requirements.

Prior to declaring a major in Social Work, the student must meet the following requirements:

1.complete 30 semester hours of course work;

2.have an overall GPA of 2.25;

3.completed SOCW 1030 with a grade of C or higher.

Nostudent will be allowed to take Social Work courses beyond SOCW 1030 unless 30 semester hours have been completed and a grade of C or higher has been achieved in SOCW 1030. A student whose overall grade point is below the 2.25 may apply, in writing, for provisional admission to the Social Work program if they have completed 16 hours of course work in the humanities, biology and/or social sciences with a GPA of at least 2.25.

Degree Requirements

The 38-hour major must be distributed as follows: SOCW 2010 Introduction to Social Work SOCW 2210 Field Experience I and Lab I SOCW 3110 Social Work Practice I SOCW 3120 Social Work Interviewing SOCW 3210 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I SOCW 3220 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II SOCW 3300 Social Policy and Legislation SOCW 4010 Social Work Research Methods SOCW 4120 Social Work Practice II SOCW 4130 Social Work Practice III SOCW 4200 Field Laboratory II (1 credit) SOCW 4210 Field Laboratory III (1 credit) SOCW 4220 Field Experience II SOCW 4230 Field Experience III

Students are required to take the following related courses: ANTH 2800 Cultural Anthropology or 2100 Human Society through Film HIST One of the following: 3250 African-American History to 1865 3260 African-American History from 1865 4430 Slavery in America ECON 1200 Principles of Microeconomics SOC 3290 Social Statistics or PSC 3110 Social Science Statistics SOC 4660 Race and Ethnic Minorities or SOC 4670 African Americans in the U.S.

Sociology: One upper division Sociology course related to women's issues and gender: SOC 4620, 4820, 4810, 4160 or a WMST course with adviser approval.

One upper division course related to the student's area of professional interest (e.g., mental health, corrections, gerontology, health, social policy and legislation, women's studies or Africana studies.)

Social Work students must use one of the following courses toward meeting the natural science requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (to fulfill the accreditation requirements of the Council on Social Work Education): BIOL 1120 Survey of Biology BIOL 1140 Biological Aspects of Human Consciousness BIOL 1150 Human Inheritance: Concepts and Applications

Students may not take P/NC in major or related courses, except for SOCW 4220. Note: Entry into the Practice (SOCW 4120, 4130), Experience (SOCW 4220, 4230) and Laboratory (SOCW 4200, 4210) sequence requires senior standing, an overall GPA of 2.25, a GPA of 2.5 in the major, a grade of C or better in all major courses and permission of the field coordinator.

Elective Social Work Washington Center Internship

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above may elect in the junior year to do a one-semester internship through the Washington Center in Washington, D.C. Twelve hours of academic credit (9 hours for summer term) will be granted for successful completion of this experience. Interested students should contact the academic adviser and the Office of Professional Experience Programs.

Honors in Social Work

Qualified juniors and seniors may apply to work for Honors in Social Work. The following are requirements for entrance into the Honors Program in Social Work.


1.3.3 minimum GPA in Social Work courses.

2.3.0 minimum cumulative GPA.

3.12 hours completed work in Social Work.

4.Qualification as a Social Work major.


A student must complete 9 hours of independent work in social work. During the final semester before graduation the student must pass a comprehensive examination or complete a research project. The honors topic and research project are to be developed in close conjunction with a faculty adviser. Students should discuss their special interests with faculty members or with the honors adviser who will help identify an appropriate faculty member to guide the honors work.

Last Updated: 6/9/16