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Course Requirements

Overall Degree Requirements

The curriculum for the BSW degree consists of a minimum of 120 credit hours provided through required and elective courses.  Of these 120 credit hours, 42-45 credit hours are devoted to general/supportive liberal arts courses and 52 credit hours to social work courses (see individual campus supplements).  The remaining required credits are earned through elective courses. Students are free to select elective courses of their choice.

The BSW program is offered on five IU campuses: Bloomington, East, Gary, Indianapolis, and South Bend. Students in the BSW program must successfully complete all freshman, sophomore and junior social work courses and achieve senior standing, as defined by the BSW program, before enrolling in the senior year course work.

Credit for Life Experience

Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given in whole or in part toward the social work degree.

General Education Requirements

General education course requirements vary by campus.  Students are expected to meet the general education requirements specific to the campus to which they are applying.

The BSW Program has basic general educational requirements consistent across campuses.  The BSW general education area course requirements are divided into four areas and appear below.  Work with your BSW Academic Advisor to ensure you meet both the campus and BSW general education requirements.

Arts and Humanities (5 courses)
  • English Composition (2 courses)
    • Elementary Composition
    • Professional Writing Skills
  • Modern American History (1 course)
  • A minimum of one course designated as Arts and Humanities courses or an equivalent on the student’s campus.
Biological Sciences (1 course)
  • One course in human biological sciences
Mathematics (1 courses)
  • Mathematics (one course designated as at least a minimum general education requirement on that student's campus)
Supportive Area Requirements (4 courses)

The supportive area requirements link the general requirements with the social work courses.  All BSW students must take the following six specific requirements:

  • American Government
  • Introductory Psychology
  • A 300 level Psychology course
  • Introduction to Sociology
Social Work Required Courses