Ohio University-Chillicothe will offer bachelor’s degree programs in social work, beginning with fall semester 2012. Students will be able to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) or a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.
“This is a major advancement for the Chillicothe Campus in that this program aligns with both strong student interest over the years in offering a bachelor’s degree program in social work and good career opportunities, especially in our service region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “In fact, because of these factors, the possibility to offer a bachelor’s degree in social work was identified in the marketing plan that was crafted last year. In many ways, these programs support both the mission and the strategic direction of the Chillicothe Campus.”
The BASW degree includes a two-year foreign language requirement, while the BSW degree program does not.
“The language requirement is the main difference between the two programs. Because we do not teach as many foreign language courses on the Chillicothe Campus as are offered on the Athens campus, I would expect most students to opt for the BSW program,” Tuck said. “We anticipate that the bachelor’s degree programs will be especially attractive to Human Services Technology students, and many students will earn an associate degree in that discipline, and then use that degree as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree. I expect to see much synergy between the two programs.”
This advancement is made possible by the Ohio Board of Regents recently approving the offering of the two bachelor’s degrees on Ohio University’s regional campuses. The degrees have been offered on the Athens campus for a number of years.
“This is an occasion when the stars aligned. About a year ago, the social work program was relocated to the university’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, making the BSW program possible, and interim chair of Social Work and Public Health Warren Galbreath is also a faculty member on the Eastern campus, so he is an advocate for offering this type of program on the regional campuses. I give him much credit for making this all possible,” Tuck said.
Program accreditation requires the availability of two social work faculty members, and Kenneth Larimore and Nina Lewis are both qualified.
“Most people who want to be social workers are those who want to work with people and to advocate for the oppressed,” Larimore said. “Social work offers a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction and an abundance of options. Social workers are found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts and countless other workplaces.”
Current and/or prospective students with an interest in the program should contact OU-C faculty members Kenneth Larimore at email@example.com or Nina Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.