Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Fitzgerald House, Room 211
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
Fitzgerald House, Room 251
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-2371

Social Work, B.S.W.

Social workers provide the bulk of mental health services in the United States. BSW graduates are employed in family service agencies, child welfare organizations, nursing homes, hospices, substance abuse programs, aging services, criminal justice agencies, and schools to name just a few. Their education prepares BSWs to utilize a planned change or problem solving approach that encompasses engagement, assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, and follow-up. Clients may consist of individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities.

Activities of the BSW may include interviewing, crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, linking people with services, networking, and outreach to name a few.

Admissionfield education

Oakland University BSW's Program Mission

Guided by a the principles of social and economic justice, cultural competence and the values and ethics of the social work profession, Oakland University’s BSW program prepares students for competent and effective generalist social work practice with multi-level systems (individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations).

Utilizing critical thinking and evidence based practice skills, graduates of the program are prepared to deliver empowerment based services to the oppressed populations of southeast Michigan.


Faculty and staff in the Social Work Program value a close working relationship with students and feel that careful advising and mentoring are critical. Students who declare a pre-major in social work and/or are admitted into the program are assigned an advisor.

Students can schedule half-hour appointments with an Academic Adviser as needed when they have questions about their major program, class scheduling, or any issues related to their academic progress at Oakland University

In addition, students have the option to take classes to complete their Bachelor of Social Work at our newly expanded location, the Anton/Frankel Center (AFC) in Macomb County. See the  OU Macomb County website for location, directions and more information.

The Social Work Program has two advisors, located on main campus and out at AFC.

Stephanie Brandimarte, LMSW
Director of Field and Student Services
(248) 370-2502

Heather El-Khoury, LMSW 
Coordinator of Field and Student Services, Macomb Anton/Frankel
(248) 370-3914


Oakland University’s BSW Program routinely collects and analyzes student learning outcomes. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) mandates that accredited BSW and MSW Programs widely report student learning outcomes on several practice competencies. To establish and monitor the quality of social work programs across the country, the CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) uses these and other data to evaluate the extent to which programs across the U.S. are in compliance with national CSWE accreditation standards.  Oakland University BSW Program measures student outcomes in both course work and field work. Reports provide a brief description of each of the CSWE competencies, the benchmark at which individual students’ scores are considered proficient, and the percentages of students attaining the level of proficiency on each of the CSWE accreditation competencies.


Oakland University Social Work Program offers social work CEU's multiple times throughout the year for a low cost of $10.00 per ceu credit. To hear about future CEU events, join the mailing list! Click here!

For more information, please contact Heather El-Khoury at or (248) 370-3914.

If you are a social worker that has an idea for a CEU workshop, please contact Heather.

For a list of our upcoming events, visit our list programs here

Oakland University BSW's Program Compentencies

The Oakland University Bachelor of Social Work Program's conception of generalist practice involves the use of social work knowledge, professional values, and an array of skills that can be adapted to work with diverse client systems of all sizes in a variety of settings.

Our program is designed around competency-based education. Students are trained to demonstrate the integration and application of the following competencies in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities:

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities


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