School of Social WorkIntroduction
Policy on Nondiscrimination
Indiana University has a long history of preparing graduates for entry into social work practice. Courses in this area began to be offered in 1911 through the Department of Economics and Sociology. Between 1911 and 1944, various administrative and curricular changes were put into effect, and degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels were offered. In 1944, the Indiana University Division of Social Service was established by action of the Trustees of Indiana University. The organizational status was changed in 1966 when the Graduate School of Social Service was created. In 1973, the name was changed to School of Social Service in recognition of the extent and professional nature of the school’s graduate and undergraduate offerings. It became the School of Social Work in 1977 in order to reflect more clearly its identification with the profession.
The school provides opportunities for study leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The Associate of Science in Labor Studies prepares students for paraprofessional practice; the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program prepares students for generalist social work practice; the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program prepares graduate students for advanced social work practice in an area of specialization; and the Ph.D. program in social work prepares social workers for leadership roles in research, education, and policy development.
Although the degree programs vary in their emphases and levels of complexity, the school’s curricula embody features that are systemic in their educational effects:
While the school’s main location is in Indianapolis, courses or programs are also offered on IU campuses in Bloomington, Gary (Northwest), Kokomo, Richmond (East), Fort Wayne (IPFW), South Bend, and at the Columbus Center. Reference to some of these offerings will be made in the text that follows.
Graduates of the school move into a broad variety of social service settings, including those concerned with aging, family and child welfare, corrections, mental and physical health, and adjustment in schools. In anticipation of such professional activities, the school provides field instruction placements throughout the state where students engage in services to individuals, groups, families, communities, and organizations or function in leadership roles.
Both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The school is a member of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education, among others.
Adopted by action of the faculty on April 25, 2008.
The mission of the Indiana University School of Social Work is excellence in education, research, and service to promote health, wellbeing, and social and economic justice in a diverse world. The vision of the school is to be an exemplary university- and community-based collaboration advancing social and economic justice, empowerment, and human well-being in a changing global landscape.
Social and Economic Justice
Policy on Nondiscrimination
Based on the tradition of the social work profession and consistent with Indiana University’s Equal Opportunity Policy, the Indiana University School of Social Work affirms and conducts all aspects of its teaching, scholarship, and service activities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, socioeconomic status, marital status, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or creed, disability, and political or sexual orientation.
The School of Social Work has a strong commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination. Indeed, diversity is celebrated as a strength. This perspective is demonstrated by the composition of its faculty and student body, curriculum content, and recruitment and retention activities; by participation in university committees dealing with oppressed populations; by numerous service activities, including advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged; by its selection of field practicum sites; and by school policies related to promotion and tenure of its faculty