Social Work

What is Social Work?

Social workers are people who want to help individuals overcome difficulties and improve their lives. They are professionals who help people with a wide range of issues, including psychological, behavioral, financial, health, relationship, and substance abuse problems. Social workers act as advocates; they educate and teach skills, link clients to resources, protect vulnerable people, counsel clients and research social problems. Approximately 70% of all counseling is conducted by licensed social workers. For more information on social work careers, visit the web site at

A person pursuing a social work degree can find employment in the following areas:

Health Care Non-profit organizations Government Social Service Agencies
Education For Profit agencies Criminal Justice Private Practice

Why major in Social Work?

Social work is a pathway to transformative work for themselves, others and the world. These are people who are empathic and want to contribute to compassion and justice in the world. They are individuals who pursue social transformations and want to provide a vision for a better way of living. Most social workers have immense hearts and their work is an expression of their inner beings.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • Do people seem to come to me with their problems?
  • Am I compassionate and desire to see people improve their quality of life?
  • Do I believe everyone deserves a democratic and caring environment?
  • Do I believe everyone has dignity and worth regardless of their behavior?

What are the expectations of the social Work program?

  • Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice

General Education:

Social Work supports the following general education outcome: Written and Oral communication, critical thinking and values/citizenship/community.

  • Oral & Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking



Available Programs

For program specific information click on the program below:

Associate of Arts
Social Work

The Associate of Arts in Social Work is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four- year university in social work or a related field. The curriculum fulfills the freshman and sophomore general education requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. In addition, this degree will fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other Ohio public colleges and universities.

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Short-term Technical Certificate
Family Advocate

A short-term certificate competency based, task-specific training for Head Start Family Specialists, Family Service Specialists and Family Workers whose job it is to provide the support services which are needed by families to enhance the quality of their family life. Courses in this curriculum will focus on achieving proficiency in the following areas: social work core knowledge, values, skills; social work ethics and theory, interviewing and documentation; group/organization and micro-level methodologies; collaboration and advocacy; understanding family dynamics, barriers to self-sufficiency, conflict resolution, cultural and social diversity issues, the relationship between social problems and institutional responses; aid in the development of beginning computer skills.

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Social Service

The Social Service Short-Term Certificate is designed to provide the tools needed for employees and volunteer leaders related to human service agencies and nonprofit organizations emphasizing the skills of: communication, critical analysis of social problems, investigative techniques, an understanding of the bureaucratic social and legal system serving the community and the role of the volunteer.

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Specialized Learning Spaces

The Social Work Department houses the following specialized learning spaces:

Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI) Research Center is a computer classroom/lab in Room 12-363 that supports the program/course outcomes.

Description of the specific services or activities of the center or lab: Sociology and GIS classes are held on a regular basis in this computer classroom/lab. ESRI software housed in the lab supports Geographic Information Systems courses. The lab allows for the integration of data analysis learning activities associated with the Sociology curriculum. The Research Center is used extensively during both Fall and Spring semesters by Sociology students to conduct the bi-annual All-Grad Study on behalf of Research, Analytics and Reporting at Sinclair.

Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI) Student Learning Lab in Room 12-365 provides an active learning space for students to bolster sociological concepts based upon the Social Work outcomes and objectives, as well as facilitate general education outcomes, such as literacy and communication skills.

Description of the specific services or activities of the center or lab:

  • Audio, video and tabletop activities that students watch, listen and complete assignments related to Social Work course content.
  • Interactive, computer generated assignments and assessments are provided by Full-time and Part-Time faculty members associated with each of the disciplines.
  • Course textbooks for all Social Work courses that are offered for the semester are available for students to use.
  • Student workers with an advanced knowledge of Social Work help with course materials and assignments.

Special Learning Opportunities

The Sinclair Community College Social Work Program offers students opportunities to take part in Service Learning Opportunities, Field Trips, as well as a Practicum Experience. Below are some examples of pivotal experiences that students have had in our program:

Advocacy Day - March of 2015. The event paired students with Wright State University students to learn about the importance of advocating for important social issues. Students spoke with representatives from the House and Senate to advocacy for disenfranchised populations on topics such as LGBTQA Rights, Police/Community Relations, and Student Loan Debt.

Link to WSU Transfer Criteria PPT will be added – WSU is in the process of editing for fall.

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