Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Master's Degree in Social Work info session and spring SWK courses

Please note that the IU School of Social Work will be offering an information session for any student interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) on Thursday, November 21, in the Persimmon Room of the Union from noon to 1:00 pm.  All students are welcome to attend.


Also remind your students about the following social work courses that may be of interest to those planning on majoring in social work, or thinking about pursuing an MSW in the future:


S102 Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society – multiple sections open – required for the BSW degree but also an excellent course to help fulfill the IUB Gen Ed S&H requirement.


S141 Introduction to Social Work – required for any student planning to apply to the School of Social Work this spring – good course to take to test out an interest in social work.


S221 Human Growth and Development in the Social Environment – required for the major – good to take this course by the end of sophomore year.


S300 – multiple sections that focus on interesting topics including:

                Introduction to Child Welfare – required for those planning to apply for the Child Welfare Scholars Program

                Substance Abuse and Social Services – excellent course regarding addictions, may be of interest to students planning careers working with people

                Sleep and You – What it means – current research about the importance of sleep and how sleep patterns affect other aspects of our lives


Also a reminder about changes in our requirements:  For students admitted to the program this coming spring/summer, we will no longer require an economics course nor a course in culture and society.  If students have good computer skills, we will not require a computer class.  In addition, students may take a 300 level psychology or sociology class.  We are requiring a public speaking class and are in the process of determining which classes on the Bloomington campus will count for that requirement but definitely CMCL-C121.  Hopefully, these changes will free our students to pursue more minors and take more of our own social work electives to better prepare them for social work careers.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.




Katharine V. Byers

Katharine V. Byers, Ph.D.

Bloomington BSW Program Director

National Chair, Influencing State Policy

Indiana University School of Social Work

1127 Atwater

Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-4427 phone  (812) 855-6110 fax