University of Southern Indiana

Degrees and Programs

Bachelor of Social Work

Students interested in careers in social work may choose a major or a minor in the discipline. The major culminates in the Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Curriculum content is carefully constructed to expose students to the following core knowledge areas:

  • Social welfare issues and policies
  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Social systems theory
  • Knowledge and skills in conducting social work research
  • Problem-solving theory and methodology
  • Generalist intervention model
  • Knowledge of client populations
  • Knowledge of social service programs and agencies
  • Human diversity
  • Oppression and discrimination
  • At-risk populations
  • Promotion of social and economic justice
  • Professional social work values and ethics
  • Practice/intervention skills and integrative field experience

Starting in the fall semester of 2014, degree requirements may have significantly changed due to the launch of the University Core 39. Students entering the University of Southern Indiana before the fall semester of 2014 may be required to complete the old University Core Curriculum. See previous versions of the USI Academic Bulletin for degree requirements for previous bulletin years.

Students preparing to apply for the social work program must complete specific core courses. View a list of these requirements.

View current class schedules.

Master of Social Work

USI also offers a Master of Social Work degree.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Southern Indiana strives to produce professional social workers that promote growth and empowerment of clients in a dynamic multi-dimensional social context.

The MSW degree prepares you to be a clinical social worker, able to practice in a variety of settings like mental health clinics, hospitals, schools, employee assistance programs or residential treatment facilities. Focus your studies through electives, a graduate capstone project and specialized field placements in areas like children and adolescents, geriatrics, medical social work, hospice, veteran services or psychiatric care.

USI's program prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values for clinical social work practice based on the Ten Core Competencies of Social Work Practice. The Social Work Department continuously evaluates student development of these competences through measured practice behaviors.

Name Hours Courses Checksheet
Social Work 51
Name Hours Courses Checksheet
Social Work 18
Name Hours Courses Checksheet
Social Work 36-61

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