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Bachelor of Social Work Curriculum

Educational Requirements

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the B.S.W. degree. In addition to social work courses and electives, the following outlines the general liberal arts requirements. Of these, 52 credit hours are social works courses and 36-38 credit hours are devoted to supportive liberal arts courses.

The BSW degree requirements are broken into three areas:  general education, support courses, and required social work courses.  General education courses requirements vary by campus. Students enrolled at the IU Northwest campus must meet the campus's general education requirements.  The B.S.W. Program also has basic educational support course requirements and required social work courses:  

Program Support Courses

  • Professional Writing Skills Course (ENG-W231 or SWK-S204)
  • Modern American History Course (HIST-H 106)
  • Human Biological Science Course (BIOL-L100 or PHSL-P130)
  • American Government Course (POLS-Y103)
  • Introductory Psychology Course (PSY-P101)
  • 300-level Psychology or Sociology Course or a social work elective course
  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-S161)

Social Work Course Requirements (15 courses)

S102 Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society (3 cr.)
S141 Introduction to Social Work (3 cr.)
S221 Growth and Human Development in the Social Environment (3 cr.)
S251 History and Analysis of Social Welfare Policy (3 cr.)
S322 Small Group Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
S331 Generalist Social Work Practice I: Theory and Skills (3 cr.)
S332 Generalist Social Work Practice II: Theory and Skills (3 cr.)
S371 Social Work Research (3 cr.)
S423 Organizational Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
S433 Community Behavior and Practice (3 cr.)
S442 Practice-Policy Seminar in Fields of Practice (3 cr.)
S472 Social Work Practice Evaluation (3 cr.)
S481 Social Work Practicum I (6 cr.)
S482 Social Work Practicum II (7 cr.)

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