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Welcome to the BSW Program at IU Northwest

The undergraduate social work (B.S.W.) degree program began to be offered on the IU Northwest campus in 2010 and graduated its first class in 2012. Part of the Indiana University School of Social Work which offers the BSW degree on the Bloomington, Indianapolis, Richmond campuses as well as on the Northwest campus, the school is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life for all people, particularly the citizens of Indiana, and to the advancement of just social, political, and economic conditions.

The BSW Program will prepare you to shape solutions to a wide range of interpersonal and social problems by developing and using knowledge critically while upholding the traditions, values, and ethics of the social work profession.

Because our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, after graduating with the BSW degree and being supervised in the field for two years you will be eligible to sit for the state licensing exam. The BSW degree prepares you with the generalist, entry level practice competencies needed for many social service positions. With a BSW degree you are also eligible to apply for advanced standing in graduate school should you decide to purse more specialized social work professional education.


The BSW program prepares you to demonstrate the basic competencies all social workers need as specified by the Council on Social Work Education. These include the ability to:

  • Competency #1:  Identify as a professional social worker and conduct one-self accordingly.
  • Competency #2:  Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Competency #3:  Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Competency #4:  Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Competency #5:  Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Competency #6:  Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Competency #7:  Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • Competency #8:  Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social services.
  • Competency #9:  Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Competency #10(a):  Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Competency #10(b):  Assess with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Competency #10(c):  Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Competency #10(d):  Evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities

BSW Fields of Practice

The above competencies will prepare you to work in in a variety of social service settings, both public and private.   You will have the skills to provide both direct and indirect services to individuals, families and groups, and to be involved in organizational planning and management.  Some of the settings in which you may be employed include:

  • advocacy programs
  • aging services
  • businesses and industry   
  • child and adult day care centers
  • children and youth services
  • churches
  • community action agencies
  • community crisis centers
  • correctional facilities
  • criminal justice agencies
  • disability service agencies
  • domestic violence programs
  • employee assistance programs
  • head start programs
  • home care agencies
  • homeless shelters
  • hospices
  • hospitals/clinics
  • income maintenance programs
  • legal services agencies
  • mental health services
  • neighborhood coalition programs
  • nursing homes
  • public health agencies
  • residential treatment programs
  • schools
  • substance abuse programs
  • training/vocational centers
  • vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • voluntary associations