Majors / Social Work

Social Work (B.S.W.)

Indiana State University


The Department of Social Work offers a four-year program of study leading to the bachelor of social work degree (B.S.W.), which prepares students for entry-level generalist practice.

The program includes both classroom courses and field practicum experience in local social service agencies. Required courses fall under five content areas:

  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Social welfare policy and services
  • Research
  • Social work practice
  • Field practicum

Indiana State University is one of four universities in Indiana that offers the Child Welfare BSW Scholars Program. Students apply during the junior year of their B.S.W. program. In addition, the University's Department of Social Work sponsors a number of activities and organizations that enable students to interact with other students and professionals, including the Phi Alpha Honor Society and the Student Social Work Association.

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Graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce as generalist social work practitioners—and also to pursue the master of social work degree (M.S.W.).

Generalist social work practitioners work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in a variety of settings in order to recognize, support, and build upon the innate capabilities of all human beings.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition, the B.S.W. Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Social Work
Indiana State University

Last updated: June 18, 2014

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.

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