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Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work

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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work was created and designed as an extension of the University’s mission of education for service. Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and prepares students for generalist practice or master's degree programs in social work through courses and experiences that focus on diversity, values and ethics, populations at risk, and social and economic justice.

“This program exposed us to many populations (kids, elderly, addictions, corrections, etc.), so I feel prepared to work in a variety of settings. Through my senior practicum, I got experience working in a school, which is what I want to do, and through this practicum, I had a job offer after graduation.”
Hannah Rucker

Program strengths

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
    Learn more about our CSWE accreditation ►
  • Many fieldwork opportunities allow you to gain experience and meet professionals in the field
  • Comprehensive curriculum covers the many aspects of social work
  • Personal attention, mentoring and coaching from dedicated faculty
  • Small, personalized classes
  • Passionate teachers and peers

Field experience

Social Work majors are required to complete two comprehensive fieldwork practica during the junior and senior years (similar to internships). You'll engage in practica that provide real-world, hands-on experiences that prepare you to begin your career in social work. Learn more about field experiences and internships ►

Application process

Students must apply to the social work program in order to take upper-level courses and complete their degree in social work. Students typically apply to the program during their sophomore year, but can apply at any time once they meet the requirements.

See the admission requirements for the social work program ►

Social work students & grads have interned or worked for:

  • St. Mary's Child Care Center
  • Pathways to Recovery
  • Children's Bureau
  • Sheltering Wings
  • CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions
  • Franciscan St. Francis Healthcare
  • Fay Glick Community Center
  • OUTREACH, Inc.
  • Enriching Marriages
  • Easter Seals Crossroads
  • Project Home Indy
  • Marion County Public Defenders Agency
  • SENSE Charter School
  • Open Arms Christian Ministries
  • Indiana Attorney General
  • Dove Recovery House for Women
  • Goodwill Industries Disability Services
  • Southeast Community Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Indianapolis Senior Center

Potential careers in social work

Social work is an incredibly diverse field. The following is a sampling of careers and areas that you can pursue with a social work major, though there are many additional options available to social workers.

  • Adoption workers
  • Adult protective services
  • Career counselors
  • Case workers & case managers
  • Child protective services
  • Community development & outreach
  • Corrections
  • Crisis intervention
  • Developmental disabilities counselors
  • Domestic abuse
  • Drug & alcohol abuse
  • Elder services & care
  • Family court
  • Group home supervisors
  • Home health social workers
  • Human resources
  • Mental health
  • School social work
  • Services for the homeless
“I know that I am going to be prepared for my future career because of the valuable experiences that UIndy provides its students. Our Foundations of Social Work class provided us with many opportunities to apply what we learned in practical ways--all of which will be beneficial to us as we enter our future careers.”
Steven Freck

Social work might be for you if:

  • You are passionate about helping people empower themselves
  • You want to make a difference in someone’s life
  • You have a calling to help those in need

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as a social work major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the social work curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in social work. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.