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.
Led by engaged faculty with rich experience in the field, 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 experiences that match their interests.
Our goal is to help students succeed—in college and after graduation. Small class sizes make building relationships easier. Our faculty also serve in advising roles, providing guidance and support as students complete their degree.
With a wide range of community partnerships throughout the region, our faculty advisors work with you to design a social work practicum, required for your degree, that develops professional skills and helps you grow.
We offer a diverse learning environment that really gives students a chance to interact with people from different backgrounds and points of view. This makes classroom discussion much richer.
Darlene Lynch, MSW, PhD, LCSW
Social Work Program Director, IU Northwest
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.