You’ve decided what you want to study in college, but you’re still on the fence about which college can help you get there. At Ball State, we have seasoned faculty and staff members to give you a helping hand, upperclassmen who will treat you like their equal, and opportunities for tons of hands-on experience and immersive learning.

In addition, our department has an outstanding track record. See for yourself:

  • Our undergraduate social work program was the first accredited program in Indiana, receiving initial accreditation in 1974 from the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Alumni can be found today in social service leadership roles throughout the state, the Midwest, and the country. Your Ball State degree will have considerable name recognition once you graduate.
  • Ball State graduates are recognized by social work graduate programs as well-prepared applicants, and many students have gone on for advanced education.

Our faculty of experienced social workers bring knowledge to life in and out of the classroom. Our professors have earned advanced degrees in social work and have worked as administrators, geriatric social workers, school social workers, child welfare workers, mental health clinicians, community organizers, policy planners, and medical social workers. Two faculty members have international social work experience as well.

At Ball State, you will take your education beyond the classroom. You will find yourself immersed in social work, and you will have the opportunity to do a senior practicum that will give you experience in a social service agency. 

You can also take advantage of immersive learning, the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary student team to find real-world solutions to real-world problems. Once recent example is State of Assault, a seminar at the Virginia B. Ball Center for Inquiry. Students, including social work majors, took a victim-centered approach to the sexual assault casework process and produced a documentary.  

We provide a supportive environment, which includes personal mentoring. Once you are a sophomore at Ball State, you will be assigned a social work faculty member as your advisor. She/he will guide you through the academic planning process, career planning, and the internship selection process. This individual advising ensures your timely completion of your degree.