Social Work

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).

Department News

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Clinical Therapist

"As a foster kid, I understand the challenges many individuals face," offers Audrey Wildman. She recalls herself as being an ailing child who was often in the hospital. That is where she first became aware of social work personnel and the services they provide. Read Audrey's Story

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Social Work (SWK)
Assisi Hall 151
​419-824-3713 or 419-824-3715
Fax: 419-824-3510


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.