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Program Intro

The field of social work is growing. This Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program combines a competency-based curriculum with internship opportunities in the field. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to obtain licensure as a Licensed Bachelor of Social Work (LBSW), apply to graduate school or pursue employment as a generalist social worker.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

Accredited by CSWE, the organization that ensures excellence in social work education, our program positions you for meaningful work in a rewarding field.

PNW graduates have a high success rate and a robust regional network. Our faculty maintains strong relationships with the community, including 40 local agencies that host internships for Social Work majors.

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is based on the nine competencies identified by the Council on Social Work Education: Ethical and professional behavior; diversity and difference; human rights: social, economic, and environmental justice; research; policy practice; engagement with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities; assessment; intervention; and evaluation

Begin with introductory level courses in social work, sociology and psychology.

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Sample Courses

  • SWRK 20100 – Introduction To Social Work
  • SOC 10000 – Introductory Sociology
  • PSY 12000 – Elementary Psychology

Complete the human behavior and social work practice course sequences.

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Sample Courses

  • SWRK 32100 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
  • SWRK 32200 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • SWRK 36200 – Social Work Practice I
  • SWRK 36300 – Social Work Practice II

Engage in research, learn about social work practice, study social welfare as it pertains to institutions and complete a social work elective of your choice.

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Sample Courses

  • SWRK 30100 – Social Work Research
  • SWRK 36100 – Institutional Social Welfare
  • SWRK 35100 – Junior Practicum
  • SWRK 35900 – Macro Practice

Explore group practice and complete two fieldwork experiences in your final year.

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Sample Courses

  • SWRK 36600 – Group Practice in Social Work
  • SWRK 46100 – Field Practicum in Social Work I
  • SWRK 46400 – Field Practicum in Social Work II

Program Requirements

To apply to this program, you must complete SWRK 20100 (Introduction to Social Work) and SWRK 24000 (Social Work Helping Communication With Individuals And Small Groups) with a minimum grade of C+.


This is an applied, license-eligible, professional degree program. Faculty share real-world social work experience, model ethical behavior and engage in service alongside their students.

You’ll have of opportunities to learn and engage with the community through practicums, field trips, service learning and student clubs.

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The Social Work program has an outstanding reputation in the community. Each facet of the degree builds the knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes that comprise the nine social work competencies. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to work as a generalist, apply for licensure or pursue graduate study.

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • Social Work Club
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Workers
  • National Association of Social Workers

Career Paths

Graduates of PNW’s Social Work program go on to pursue:

  • Employment in social services at schools, non-profits, and governmental agencies
  • Graduate school
  • Licensure as an LCSW


Graduates of this program are employed in organizations and agencies like:

  • Housing Opportunities, Inc.
  • Porter-Starke Services
  • Franciscan Health


Our Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

CSWE accreditation ensures that our program meets or exceeds peer-reviewed quality standards and has sufficient resources to meet its goals. It also provides reasonable assurance that our graduates are ready to practice in the field.

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Our program fulfills the educational requirements for a license as a bachelor’s degree social worker as required by the State of Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IC 25-23.6-5-1.5). Social work license requirements differ from state-to-state, students should contact their home state’s licensing board for additional information regarding licensure requirements.

Meet the Faculty

Pamela Saylor

Pamela Saylor, M.S.W.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Pamela is a clinical assistant professor and director of the accredited social work program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. Her focus is on program development, experiential learning, education abroad, and assessment.

Robin Miller

Robin Miller, M.S.W.

Field Education Director Clinical Assistant Professor

Robin Miller is responsible to guide the internship sequence of the social work program in an educationally sound manner, while helping to develop future social workers in their readiness for ethical work.

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