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FAQ

Upon admission to the School of Social Work, a faculty advisor will be assigned.

Why study at South Bend ?

The Indiana University School of Social Work is dedicated to educating students to be effective and knowledgeable professional social workers prepared for practice in the twenty - first century. Such practitioners are committed to the alleviation of poverty, oppression, and discrimination. 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 through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Within the context of a diverse, multicultural, urbanized, global and technologically oriented society, the school prepares social workers who will shape solutions to a wide range of interpersonal and social problems by developing and using knowledge critically as they uphold the traditions, values, and ethics of the social work profession.

The school provides opportunities for study leading to the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. 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, and communities or function in planning and management roles.

The Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1975.

1. What are the advantages of an Indiana University education?

You can take advantage of first - class teaching, research, and cultural resources and feel confident that your degree will be respected and recognized across the country and the world. The Indiana University School of Social Work is proud to be the nations' oldest university social work education program.

2. What degrees are offered at the IU South Bend?

The School of Social Work offers programs leading to a BSW and MSW degree. The BSW and MSW programs include a substantial Field Education component and are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting organization for undergraduate and master's level professional social work education.

3. Which Indiana University campuses offer social work degrees?

Indiana University School of Social Work degrees are offered at five locations a cross the state of Indiana. These campuses and their campus abbreviations are: IUPUI: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis IUB: Indiana University Bloomington IUE: Indiana University East (Richmond, IN) IUNW: Indiana University Northwest (Gary, IN) IUSB: Indiana University South Bend For more information, see campuses.

4. Which IUSSW degrees are offered on each campus?

Not all IUSSW degrees are offered at each campus. The following campuses offer the degrees indicated: IUPUI: The Indiana polis campus offers the BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. IUB: The Bloomington campus offers the first three years of the BSW degree. IUE: The Richmond campus offers the BSW and MSW degrees. IUNW: The Gary campus offers the BSW and MSW degree. IUSB: The South Bend campus offers the BSW and MSW degree.

5. In what areas can I work with a degree in social work?

  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals
  • Home care agencies
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Mental health services
  • Mental retardation services
  • Vocational rehabilitation servi ces
  • Public health agencies
  • Community action agencies
  • Family service agencies
  • Children & youth services
  • Child welfare agencies
  • Aging services
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Child and adult day care centers
  • Domestic violence programs