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Welcome and information about the BSW Program

Message from Katharine Byers Bloomington BSW Program Director:

Located in a renovated limestone house at the corner of Atwater Avenue and Ballantine Road on the eastern edge of campus, the faculty and staff of the Bloomington School of Social Work try to create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for students and faculty to work together on learning activities.

The Bloomington BSW program is relatively small, graduating around 50 seniors each spring, preparing graduates for both beginning generalist practice social work careers and graduate school in social work.  A small school on a large campus like Bloomington has its advantages:  the opportunity to get to know both social work faculty and other students and form life-long relationships, small classes with lots of interaction and team-based learning, together with the assets of the multiple learning opportunities of a large campus, both in classes and extracurricular activities.  We think we have the best of both worlds.  Our faculty members are fully engaged with the community, and our senior year-long practicum provides an in depth learning experience for students in community agency placements.  The Social Work Student Association works to raise funds to help agencies providing services to people experiencing challenges in these difficult times.  The School of Social Work on the Bloomington campus is part of the system-wide Indiana University School of Social Work, with its main campus in Indianapolis, and so has access to additional faculty beyond those in Bloomington. 

If you have questions about our program, please feel free to call at 812-855-4427 or email Bruce McCallister, Student Outreach Coordinator ( or me,

Katharine V. Byers, Ph.D.
Bloomington BSW Program Director
Indiana University School of Social Work
1127 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401

(812)855-4427 phone
(812) 855-6110 fax