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Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the Social Work program is to prepare entry-level social work professionals for generalist social work practice at the baccalaureate level of a liberal arts education.

The program goals incorporate the Ursuline heritage by preparing students to integrate the values, skills, knowledge and ethical standards of the social work profession with those opportunities offered to them from their liberal arts education at Ursuline College and to prepare students for graduate education in social work. 

Who We Are

Because Ursuline College is a woman focused institution, the Social Work program interweaves gender dynamics into its courses with the purpose of encouraging students to recognize different ways that women and men interact in the field and experience injustice in the world.

At Ursuline College, our students build friendships with each other while in the Program and build on these relationships through professional networks upon graduation. The Ursuline Program has an atmosphere of challenge and support, which is combined with student-driven efforts to reach out to the community. The student Social Work Organization seeks to make a difference in our diverse, Greater Cleveland area and become social workers of "Values, Voice and Vision."

Professional Opportunities

Our graduates are eligible for entry-level licensure in the state of Ohio and for 15 credits of advanced standing in a graduate school of social work. Being a graduate of Ursuline College's Social Work Program provides name-recognition in Greater Cleveland's community of social work professionals as someone who is a qualified, entry-level social work professional.

Social Work Phi Alpha Honor Society 

Phi Alpha is a national honor society for social work students. Ursuline College's Chapter, Omicron Eta, was formed in 2008.

More information about Phi Alpha

Phi Alpha Membership Application

Phi Alpha Constitution

Phi Alpha Ursuline Chapter By Laws

National website


Social Work Featured Links

Council on Social Work Education

National Association of Social Workers