2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
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2021-2022 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 (36 Credits)

  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • United States Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Other Required Courses (6 Credits)

  • Free Electives (6 Credits)

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. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

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

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (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:  Modern Language Requirement -

  • Modern Language Level I - Choose from ASL 10100, SPAN 10100, or GER 10100
  • Modern Language Level II - Choose from ASL 10200, SPAN 10200, or GER 10200
  • Modern Language Level III - Choose from ASL 20100, SPAN 20100, or GER 20100
  • Modern Language Level IV - Choose from ASL 20200, SPAN 20200, or GER 20200

Must complete 4 semesters of the same modern language.


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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