University of Southern Indiana
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) student in field instruction

Bachelor of Social Work

Our social work degree includes hundreds of hours of fieldwork... experiental learning! 

When it comes to social work, there's only so much you can learn in a classroom. USI's Bachelor of Social Work degree provides you with outstanding opportunities to get direct social work experience, laying a strong foundation for social work graduate degrees and careers.

In our BSW degree program you'll gain hundreds of hours of hands-on social work practice, serving local communities while working with social work agencies and nonprofits. USI's social work program offers multiple ways for you to gain practical social work experience, including:

  • Two field placement experiences (or practicums) totaling more than 450 hours of hands-on experience with local, regional, national and international social work agencies.
  • The Center for Social Justice Education (CSJE), a USI academic center that collaborates with social work organizations on education and research projects.
  • USI's Global Social Work program, which allows you to participate in international social work projects.
  • Partnerships with Evansville-area social work agencies focused on child welfare, addiction recovery, housing, family services and other social needs.

These social work opportunities build your confidence, your resume and your skill level—and give you big advantages after graduation. Students who've earned a social work degree at USI have excellent rates of job placement and social work graduate school admissions.

To learn more about the career-building opportunities in USI's social work degree program, contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965.

USI's social work degree emphasizes personal, face-to-face teaching.

USI offers an ideal environment for social work studies. A community-oriented university with small class sizes and supportive faculty, USI excels at face-to-face instruction and personal interaction. In our social work degree program, you will:

  • Take every social work course from experienced faculty, never graduate students.
  • Enjoy small class sizes in which all your classmates and professors know you by name.
  • Have easy access to academic advisors, career counselors and other support services.
  • Develop your personal network of social work professionals.

Optional Concentrations in Addictions Counseling or Child Welfare!

Social Work majors have the option to specialize in addictions counseling (summary sheet) or child welfare through The Child Welfare BSW Scholars Program


Field Education Update

By now we sure you have all read that spring break is extended through next week (March 16 -22). The University will remain open during this time.  From March 23 – April 6th we will have remote seminar classes.

We have consulted with The College of Liberal Arts and other USI programs that have internships. In addition, we have reviewed the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requirements for BSW and MSW field education to determine our best course of action. 

Here are the guidelinesexpect updates as the situation evolves.

  • Students may attend field as scheduled with your agency starting on Monday, 3/16. Please make the decision using good personal judgment and attend if you feel safe to do so.

  • If you unable to attend field because you are concerned about your risk of infection, consult with your agency supervisor and your faculty liaison.

  • Some agencies may announce closures due to COVID-19. Should this be the case, and students are not allowed at the site, please inform your faculty field liaison and the field office. 

  • If you aren’t feeling well, please don’t attend and seek medical attention. Find more information about USI's Health Center offerings on their webpage.

  • We are planning for remote access for field seminar using Zoom for the weeks of March 23 – April 6.

  • In the meantime, stay safe, keep up with your hours, check your email and Blackboard frequently and watch for announcements on the USI COVID-19 webpage.

  • If you have questions, please contact your faculty liaison or the field office. We are here to help guide you through this unique and challenging time.

Bonnie Rinks

Director of Field Education

Summer Wilderman 

Assistant Director Field Education

Christy Baker

Chair of Social Work


The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs at the University of Southern Indiana are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. For more information, contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965.

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