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Why Social Work at Valpo?

Now more than ever, the world needs Social Workers. Social work as a profession is projected to grow 12% faster than average between now and 2030 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Valpo’s hands-on learning and individualized attention from faculty prepares you to be career or graduate school ready on day one. With our accredited program, you will have an automatic fast-track to a one-year master’s degree. Valpo offers not one, but two internship experiences, distinguishing it from most BSW programs in the country. Between 2015-2020, Valpo BSW students contributed roughly 50,000 hours of service to the community.

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Students conduct original research and present it in public forums.


Practicums, internships, or field placements are educationally directed, required components in Valpo’s Social Work Department’s competency-based curriculum

Experts and Mentors

Professors at Valpo help students develop their knowledge, their career plans, and their curiosity.

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Alumni Highlights
Social work is a field that is broad enough to change with you, whether you want to impact the lives of children, lead a non-profit, organize a community, or lobby for better social policy. For example, Ashley Oyer, ‘22, followed in the footsteps of many previous BSW alumni and was a 2022 Valpo Distinguished Student Award recipient
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