2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work, BA

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About the Program

Apply Now The Social Work Program educates students to become professionals in social work. The Social Work curriculum provides a professional social work foundation that is transferable to different settings, population groups and problem areas. Students select a curriculum focused in clinical, organizational, community, international and social justice issues with a strong emphasis on service learning in the community with excellence in scholarship.

The Social Work program at Purdue University Northwest 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. 

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C+ required for all Social Work courses; C required for ENGL 10400; C- required for ENGL 10500
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

CHESS College Core (24 Credits)

Other Required Courses (21 Credits)

  • Free Electives (21 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C+ required for all Social Work courses; C required for ENGL 10400; C- required for ENGL 10500; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Employment Opportunities

Entry Level: Social Services Case Manager, Community Health Care Worker, Social Service Specialist, Community and Social Service Specialists, Correctional Officer, Protective Service Worker, Healthcare Support, Teacher Assistant, Healthcare Educator, Security Officer

Additional Education/Training: Child & Family Specialist, Addictions, Counselor, Youth & Chemical Dependency Specialist, Social Worker, Education Teachers, Elementary, Education Teachers, Secondary, Kindergarten Teacher, Teacher and Instructor, All other, Nursing Assistant, Psychiatric Aides


Note 1:  All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed. 

Note 2:  Must complete 4 semesters of same world language: FR ASL or SPAN.

Note 3:  Social Work Elective may be taken Semester 5 or Semester 6.



The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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