If you're thinking about a helping profession, social work may be the right career for you. Social workers have a strong desire to help people of all ages and backgrounds improve their quality of life.
Social workers are guided by a person-in-environment framework, multicultural perspectives, respect for all peoples, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry. Their work is actualized by enhancing quality of life for all peoples, locally and globally.
As a student majoring in social work at Marian, you will acquire the values, knowledge, and skills you need to be a social worker who will help make our world a better place for all people.
The mission of Marian University Bachelor of Social Work Program is to educate professional generalist social work practitioners who are guided by social work values and ethics with an appreciation of Marian’s sponsorship Franciscan values. The program promotes transformative social work leaders working in interdisciplinary environments, who are research-informed in their practice grounded in the person-in-environment framework and devoted to human rights, social and economic justice, respect for diversity and human relationships.
Our program prepares you to successfully pursue Licensed Bachelor Social Work (LBSW) professional practice licensure through the State of Indiana.
In addition, you will participate in hands-on learning opportunities through diverse field experiences that are woven into our curriculum, including supervised social work practicum (internship) placements at social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, or municipal and state government offices.
These are a few examples of the places where you might intern:
Upon graduation, you'll be well-prepared to apply what you've learned to help individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. You will also be prepared to serve as a community leader who makes a positive impact on others. 100% of our social work graduates are employed in social work jobs or have been accepted into graduates programs.
To earn the 128-credit social work degree at Marian, you will complete general education, core, required, and elective courses.
You will complete at least 48 credits of social work courses. Examples include:
You will demonstrate mastery of learning outcomes based on CSWE competencies that include:
Broadening your knowledge of interdisciplinary, interprofessional trends can make you even more marketable and attractive to potential employers.
If you plan to continue your studies at the graduate level and earn a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) or other degree, our curriculum will prepare you to be a competitive candidate for admisson to the program of your choice. You'll work closely with your academic advisor to complete coursework that prepares you for success in graduate school.
Social workers are employed in a range of professional settings:
Nationally, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports strong growth for social workers and related professionals, largely due to growth in the population of elderly adults, increased demand for substance abuse treatment, and increased demand for mental health services. The median annual salary wage for social workers was $51,760 ($24.88/hr) in May 2020.
Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
|Occupation||Employment, 2020||Projected Employment, 2030|
|Child, family, and school social workers||335,300||377,400|
|Healthcare social workers||184,900||209,300|
|Mental health and substance abuse social workers||124,000||142,500|
|Social workers, all other||71,400||75,500|
In Indiana, indianacareerready.com also reports social workers and related professionals are in demand.
|Occupation||Flame ranking (out of five)||Average salary|
|Child, family, and school social worker||Four||$38,940|
|Community and social service specialists||Four||$37,650|
|Healthcare social worker||Four||$48,080|
|Mental health and substance abuse social worker||Four||$42,100|
|Social and community service manager||Four||$56,070|
Marian University BSW Program has achieved Candidacy for the Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation.
The Marian University Bachelor of Social Work Program has been granted Accredation from the CSWE Commission on Accreditation (COA). Students graduating from Marian University will be graduating from a CSWE-accredited social work program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.
2020/2021 AS 4(B) BSW program assessment outcomes.
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) the Marian University Bachelor of Social Work Program acknowledges:
Licensure requirements vary from state to state and an individual seeking licensure other than in Indiana must comply with those state requirements.
Students planning to relocate to another state after completion of the program are encouraged to contact their state’s licensing board to identify other requirements for licensure. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Michelle Meer, BSW Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior, Nicholas Beedie has become the newest intern at Peace Learning Center. He was connected with PLC through his social work practicum.
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