About the Major

The School of Social Work helps you to be an effective and knowledgeable professional social worker who is prepared for practice in the 21st century. As a social worker, you will assist with alleviating poverty, oppression, and discrimination. You will enhance the quality of life for all people, particularly Indiana citizens, and the advancement of social, political, and economic conditions through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Within the context of a diverse, multicultural urbanized, global society, the school prepares you to shape solutions to a wide range of interpersonal and social problems.

Skills and abilities the major develops include: problem solving, critical thinking, relationship building, and researching (IU School of Social Work, 2017).

Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Understanding diversity
  • Introduction to social work
  • History of social welfare policy
  • Community behavior and practice
  • Social work research
  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Field experience

Possible Careers

  • Adoption welfare
  • Case manager or coordinator
  • Counselor*
  • Grant writer
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Policy maker
  • Researcher

*This career requires further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Aspire Indiana
  • Centerstone
  • Community Health Network
  • Eskenazi Health
  • Indiana Department of Child Services
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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