Hospitals and schools. Community and nonprofit organizations. Private practices. Social service and government agencies. In nearly every imaginable setting, social workers use their knowledge and skills to make people and communities stronger. Whether counseling individuals and families, promoting social and economic justice, shaping public policy or supporting community systems, social workers make a difference every day.
A vibrant urban campus, IU Indianapolis provides social work students the knowledge, experience and career-ready training to succeed in one of the nation’s fastest-growing professions.
Led by engaged faculty with extensive experience in the profession, our bachelor’s degree courses prepare you for general social work practice. You’ll learn the foundations of social work and how to practice ethically, professionally and with respect to diversity. Students combine classroom studies with real-world learning that matches their interests. We have more than 700 community partners in central Indiana alone to help ensure your social work practicum experience, required for your degree, is personalized and meaningful. Some of our students enrich their undergraduate education by studying abroad.
Not only have I learned more about domestic violence, I have also had the privilege of being part of a survivor’s path to success and self-sufficiency. I have gained skills that I will carry with me, such as empathy, compassion, and humility in recognizing that I will always have something to learn from my clients.
on her BSW practicum at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
Our goal is to help all students feel connected and valued. Even before you step on campus, our student services coordinator can help answer questions. Once you’re here, there’s an active social work student organization and opportunities for faculty and peer mentoring, internships, and on-campus employment. IU Indianapolis also offers over 300 student organizations and clubs for students to get involved.
We’re intentional about meeting students where they are. It doesn’t matter if you’re pre-social work, exploratory or already in the BSW program; we are accessible and responsive.
BSW Student Services Coordinator and Recruitment Specialists
For IU BSW students who meet certain academic requirements, we offer a fast track program that bypasses traditional application to our Master of Social Work program. Qualifying students can complete the MSW degree in just one year, instead of two, enabling them to boost their marketability for social work positions that require the MSW degree.