What is social work?

Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, communities and the society as a whole, particularly, the vulnerable, oppressed or the marginalized. Social workers are involved in creating change to better peoples' lives and the society in which they live.

What qualities should I see in myself if I am looking at being a social worker?

Do you like to work with people? Do you have a sense of justice and equality and concerns for those in our society who are not treated fairly? Do you want to make a difference in the world to improve the lives of people who live on the margins of society? Then social work is the profession for you.

What kind of jobs can I do with a bachelor degree in social work?

Recent graduate have been employed in child protection, schools, nursing homes, Head Start, mental health agencies, adolescent treatment centers, and programs for the homeless as well as numerous other areas.

When do I take the first social work licensure test?

You are first eligible to take the licensure test after completing two years of post-baccalaureate practice experience.

What does an accredited program mean for me?

As a graduate of a CSWE accredited program your are eligible to take the social work licensure test. Also many Master’s in Social Work program allow advanced placement for graduates with bachelor’s degrees in social work. MSW students with advanced placement standing can complete an MSW degree in one year in many universities.

Can I study abroad if I major in social work?

We recommend that students who want to study abroad plan this for their sophomore year or through a summer program.

Can I have a minor?

Yes, with careful planning with your academic advisor, you can complete a minor. Recent graduates have completed minors in areas such as Psychology and Sociology.

How does volunteering play a role in the social work program at Ball State University?

Students apply to become a social work major and are asked to list their volunteer experiences. Students also complete service learning projects in many of their courses.

Is there an advantage in obtaining a BSW if I plan to go on to get a Master's in social work?

BSW graduates qualify for "advanced standing" in many graduate programs of Social Work nationwide. In most programs, admission to "advanced standing" means that the student may complete the MSW program in less than the traditional two years.

Should I join NASW? (What benefits are there for joining?)

Student memberships are available through the National Association of Social Workers. The Indiana Chapter of NASW encourages students to become involved in its committees including those that screen political candidates and develop the legislative agenda for social workers influencing social policy.