Social Work - B.S.
The mission of the Social Work program is to prepare social work students for generalist entry-level practice and provides opportunities for students to become world changers who have a desire to integrate personal faith and learning to maximize one's ability to be of service to one's fellow human beings.
Upon completion of the Social Work program at Indiana Wesleyan University, students will be able to demonstrate the following core competencies within the framework of the generalist model of social work practice:
Students wishing to continue graduate education may be eligible for advanced standing at many graduate schools of social work. Graduates of the Social Work program are eligible to become full members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and National Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW). Indiana Wesleyan University's Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); phone 703-683-8080.
Throughout the curriculum, theory and practice are integrated through a variety of classroom experiences and agency settings. Students are required to become active within the community in a variety of capacities throughout the program. Students are required to complete 90 volunteer hours prior to field placement. The senior field placement involves working 32 hours per week in a social service agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. According to CSWE the field placement is the signature pedagogy of Social Work program professional development.
General Education Competencies
Students in this major meet the general education competencies by taking the approved standard courses.
*Counts as General Education math course for Social Work majors with a grade of C or above.
**Counts as required General Education courses for Social Work majors with a grade of C or above.
Course descriptions are available through the Course Description Lookup.
In addition, students have the opportunity to take courses at the Christian Center for Urban Studies in Chicago. These courses prepare students to serve in urban and cross-cultural settings and provide an understanding of social justice and cultural issues. Students may spend a semester or a May term with the center.
Along with submission of an application and SAT or ACT scores to the director of admissions, the student must declare social work as his or her choice of major. High school courses which provide a good foundation for the study of social work include social studies, sociology, psychology, American government, economics, English, writing, and communications.
Admission to the Social Work program
The admission of students to the Social Work program is a formal process separate from the initial declaration of social work as a major. The process includes successful completion of the Introduction to Social Work course and completion of 45 credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 at the time of application to the program. Each student must submit to the Social Work program an initial portfolio after completing the Introduction of Social Work course. The student will then present their portfolio along with being interviewed by the Social Work Admissions Committee. Based on the portfolio presentation, interview, letters of reference, and other application materials, the committee decides whether to grant admission into the program. Any unfavorable decision may be appealed by following the grievance procedures on file in the department and student handbook.
Admission to Field Placement Internships
During the second semester of the junior year, each student is required to complete a Social Work Field Practicum Application along with updated portfolio. Students will present their portfolio along with being interviewed by the Director of Field Instruction and committee. Students are required to complete ninety (90) hours of volunteer experience prior to being accepted into the Field Placement experience. This documentation is submitted along with the Field Practicum Application. Field Placement options are discussed and a tentative plan is created for Field Placement based on the student's interest and needs.
Continuation in the Social Work program
The social work faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose academic performance, social fitness, and mental or physical health make it inadvisable to continue in the program. All decisions regarding continuation in the program are based on the recommendations of the Social Work Admissions Committee.
Students who receive a grade of less than a "C" in any course required for the social work major must repeat the course. Students must maintain an overall grade-point average of 2.5 and a 2.7 in the major. Most social work courses are offered only one semester a year, so a delay in graduation of one or two semesters may occur. A senior must present a grade-point average of 2.7 in the field placement experience and a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 in order to graduate. Juniors or seniors who fall below this grade-point average will be placed on probation for the following semester. Failure to raise the grade point average to 2.5 could then result in dismissal from the program.
In order to graduate student must pass their final portfolio presentation given their spring semester of their senior year.