Welcome to the Bloomington BSW Program

Located in a renovated limestone house at the corner of Atwater Avenue and Ballantine Road on the eastern edge of campus, the faculty and staff of the Bloomington School of Social Work create a supportive, challenging, and transformational learning experience.

The Bloomington BSW program offers a curriculum in generalist social work practice which includes a set of knowledge, skills and values that can be used in working with a variety of clients and situations. Graduates are prepared for a career as BSWs and also for pursuing a graduate degree in Social Work. Graduates of accredited BSW programs are eligible to apply for admission into an accelerated MSW program, making an undergraduate degree in social work an appealing option.

A small school on a large campus like Bloomington has its advantages: the opportunity to get to know both social work faculty and other students, to participate in faculty meetings (house meetings), form life-long relationships, small classes with lots of interaction and team-based learning, together with the assets of the multiple learning opportunities of a large campus, both in classes and extracurricular activities. The School of Social Work on the Bloomington campus is part of the system-wide Indiana University School of Social Work, with its main campus in Indianapolis. This allows access to additional faculty beyond those in Bloomington, providing us with diverse resources. The Social Work Student Association provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know other students while working on community service projects including fund raising and advocacy. Our honor society, Phi Alpha is also another important student organization that provides opportunities to work together while also recognizing the academic accomplishments of our students.

Our faculty members are dedicated, innovative teachers, who are engaged in research and are strongly connected with our community. The senior year-long internship is highly structured, well supervised and provides an in depth learning experience to assure that our students learn the required competencies and practice behaviors needed for professional social work practice. Many of our students are hired by their internship agencies after graduation.

If you have questions about our program, please feel free to call at 812-855-4427 or email Bruce McCallister, Student Outreach Coordinator at brmccall@indiana.edu or me, Dr. Karen Allen at karealle@indiana.edu. Looking forward to seeing you in our program!

Karen Allen, Ph.D., LMSW
Professor, Director
Indiana University Bloomington Social Work Program
1127 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401-3701