The mission of the School of Social Work is to further social and economic justice, progressive social change, human dignity and personal freedom in a pluralistic society undergoing rapid technological and social change. To this end, the School strives to provide leadership in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, applied research, and both academic and community service with support from public and private partnerships.
The School of Social Work advances the mission of the University and the social work profession through education for excellence in generalist (BSW) and specialized (MSW) practice with a particular commitment to outreach to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the vulnerable.
Our profession consistently ranks high on the list of best career choices and there are numerous opportunities to practice social work with either a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and/or Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Both programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Guided by our School's mission, philosophy, organizational structure, and the National Association of Social Workers' (NASW) Code of Ethics, our School offers a high-quality student-focused educational experience. Our full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and support staff treat students as emerging colleagues and future social work professionals. Most of our BSW and MSW courses are taught by full-time faculty who engage in scholarship activities and are actively involved at the local, state, and national levels. Check out the requirements for each program and pay particular attention to how our BSW Field and MSW Field Education components are structured and the varied and rich BSW practicum and MSW practicum opportunities and MSW programs.
Guided by our Community Advisory Board, both of our fully accredited programs provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills that will help them tackle the problems that people experience in their everyday lives: violence, mental illness, drug abuse, racism, poverty, ageism, and family problems. More specifically, our BSW program prepares students to become beginning generalist social workers, and our MSW program prepares students to do advanced practice with families and children within agency-based social service settings.
Careers opportunities in social work are numerous and include such areas as mental health, health services, substance abuse, school social work, local, state, and federal government, corrections, homelessness outreach and services, services in international settings, domestic violence treatment and prevention, hospice services, and many others. More than half of Illinois State social work graduates in 2005 were offered a position by the agency where they completed their field practicum.
If you have any questions about your educational opportunities at our School, please feel free to contact the general Social Work email address.
School of Social Work
Illinois State University
Third Floor, Rachel Cooper
Campus Box 4650
Normal, IL 61790-4650
(309) 438-3631 Phone
(309) 438-5880 Fax