SOCIAL WORK

Social Work

Lourdes University social work students are compassionate individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life of those they serve today and in their future careers. In recent years, social work majors have traveled to Ireland and created a non-profit group to help the townspeople of Tullycross, Ireland. They have also assisted in raising awareness and needed funds for child abuse prevention.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2021, the Lourdes social work program provides the knowledge, values and skills necessary for students to engage in generalist social work practice. As a social work major, you will learn how to view ethnic, sexual, racial identity and differing abilities from a culturally competent, strengths-based perspective. Quality field education requirements allow students to choose from a variety of sites including social service agencies, domestic relations court, hospitals and other health care organizations.

Through a vibrant liberal arts education based in the Franciscan tradition, graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Serve at-risk populations
  • Engage in critical thinking
  • Evaluate practice research and examine personal values and professional ethics
  • Advocate for human rights and social justice
  • Commit to professional growth and development

Ireland

The Social Work group who traveled to Ireland, went to a beautiful district in the West of Ireland called Connemara.

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Mission

The mission of the Social Work Program is to educate baccalaureate social work students and to provide the knowledge, values and skills necessary to engage in generalist social work practice. Through a liberal arts education based in the Franciscan tradition, graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Engage in critical thinking that includes examination of his/her personal values
  • Advocate for human rights and social justice
  • Commit to professional growth and development

Explore our Social Work degree program

History of the Department

Lourdes has offered specialized courses oriented to the human services since 1958. In 1980, a two-year degree program was established and in 1984 a four-year social work program was put into place. The B.A. Degree was authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools during 1986.

Lourdes has been a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1981, guided by program and curriculum directives established by this accrediting body. In 1993, the social work program received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education to offer a Baccalaureate program in Social Work. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation occurred in 2005, and the social work program received full accreditation through 2013. The program at Lourdes offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.A.) that provides the academic credentials for graduates to take the Bachelor examination for social work licensure through the Association of Social Work Boards (A.S.W.B).

Contact

Assisi Hall 151
​419-824-3713
419-824-3715
Fax: 419-824-3510
Email

Accreditation

The Department of Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2021. CSWE is responsible for defining standards in social work education and ensuring that programs prepare students for professional practice. The Department of Social Work is affiliated with the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW). The association provides a variety of ways for Christians in social work throughout North America to connect with and learn from one another.