How the 3+2 Social Work Program Works
The first thing you need to know about the social work program at Hiram is that it isn’t a traditional major. Instead, it’s a 3+2-year program that partners with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to allow you to get your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years instead of six. The program prepares you not only for social work testing requirements, but also for a diverse range of careers.
You start by completing 90 credit hours at Hiram College in your chosen major, usually sociology or psychology. Within those 90 hours, you complete all your core requirements, major requirements, and social or behavioral science requirements for the 3+2 program. You must complete these 90 credit hours within three years, which means you’ll complete your capstone project in your junior year. Successful students are highly motivated and self-directed as they complete this accelerated program.
Pursuing a minor in the 3+2 social work program is possible, but challenging. To complete all the requirements for your minor on top of your core, major and 3+2 requirements, you need to start pursuing the 3+2 program by the time you are in your second semester at Hiram.
During your third year at Hiram, you’ll go through a rigorous application process to the Master of Science in Social Administration (equivalent to the Master of Social Work, or M.S.W.) at Case. The two-year program has a 100-year history of educating social workers and is ranked first in Ohio and ninth in the nation for social work, so it is highly selective.
After you complete all your academic and admission requirements, you’ll gain entry to Case’s MSSA program. At the end of your first year at Case, you’ll graduate from Hiram with a Bachelor of Arts degree in your chosen major. After that, you’ll complete your fifth and final year of school at Case.
How the Social Work Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program Prepares You
The MSSA degree fulfills many of the requirements of social work licensure in all 50 states. To become licensed in any state, you must also complete the licensure exam and complete supervised hours (post-master’s). For an explanation of the various licensing requirements for social workers, visit the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).
Social work is a profession dedicated to helping people function in their environment. After graduation, you can pursue a diverse number of careers in a growing field. They include the areas of:
- child welfare
- substance abuse counseling
- health care
- public policy
- industry and business
- school social work
- mental health service
To learn more details about the social work program requirements at Hiram, visit our program page. For more information about the MSSA degree program at Case, including information on the specializations Case offers, visit their social work program page. If you have any questions about the social work degree program, please feel free to contact our faculty and staff.