Overall Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the BSW degree consists of a minimum of 120 credit hours attained through required and elective courses. Of these 120 credit hours, 42-45 credit hours are devoted to general/supportive liberal arts courses and 52 credit hours to social work courses (see individual campus supplements). The remaining required credits are earned through elective courses. Students are free to select elective courses, a certificate, or a minor of their choice.

The BSW program is offered on five IU campuses: Bloomington, East, Gary, Indianapolis and South Bend. Students come in through application to the School of Social Work. Application deadlines vary by campus.  Students in the BSW program must have at least a “C” in core social work courses and complete all required 100, 200, 300 level social work courses, before enrolling in the 400 level course work.

Credit for Life Experience

Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given in whole or in part toward the social work degree.

General Education Requirements

Degree requirements are divided into four areas. General education, support courses, required courses and electives. General education course requirements vary by campus. Students are expected to meet the general education requirements specific to the campus to which they are applying.

The BSW Program has basic educational requirements consistent across campuses. The BSW course requirements are listed below. Work with your BSW Academic Advisor to ensure you meet both the campus and BSW general education requirements.

Program Support Courses

  • Professional Writing Skills OR a writing course approved by the student’s campus
  • Public Speaking
  • Modern American History
  • Human Biological Science
  • American Government
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • A 3 credit 300 or 400 level Social Work elective, Psychology, or Sociology course

Social Work Required Courses

Detailed Sample Degree Plan