The Anderson University Social Work Program prepares students to professionally impact individuals, families, and communities in meaningful ways.


Whether students are interested in working with children or adults, mental health concerns or family services, faith-based organizations or public agencies, or any other social concerns, they graduate with the foundational knowledge, skills, and values to pursue their calling. Our program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

The mission of the Anderson University Social Work Program is to prepare competent, compassionate, and effective entry-level social workers who

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values needed for professional generalist practice
  • Are committed to do good, seek justice, rebuke and rectify the hearts of oppressors, defend orphans and widows, and help those in need (based on Isaiah 1:17)
  • Will be servant leaders in their world to empower disenfranchised and diverse populations (rev. 2016)

EXPLORE Social Work

When students are compelled by faith and personal values to pursue a career in helping others, it’s important to find a program that integrates their motivation with the practical knowledge and skills required for effective social work practice.

Anderson University social work graduates often comment on the value of receiving supportive modeling and mentoring from professors, who not only have academic preparation and extensive social work practice, but also a Christian perspective and commitment to helping students reach their potential. Pursuing knowledge beyond the textbook is important, and in the AU social work program, opportunities abound. Field trips, both locally and to inner-city Chicago, expand students’ knowledge of social problems, as well as strategies for alleviating them. The social work program ends with a capstone trip focused on learning, service, and reflection.

Students are exposed to a minimum of four populations in need through three mini-internships and one full-semester practicum. Many social work students further their knowledge and skills by providing leadership in AU’s Campus Ministries programs, such as Advocacy and Awareness or Prison Ministry. Some find part-time employment with community social-service agencies. Senior social work students plan and present the annual AU Social Work Conference for local service providers. The agencies that host (and often hire) AU social work students describe them as mature, well-prepared, strongly committed to service, and consistently measuring above other college students they have supervised.


Social Work Degree Options


Complete the 64-hour major in the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice.


The social work minor provides students majoring in other areas to have a secondary focus on social services. This minor helps students develop knowledge and skills for working collaboratively with professional social workers as well as diverse and/or at-risk populations.



  • Mental health and substance abuse case manager
  • Harm reduction and infectious disease community case manager
  • School social worker
  • Human trafficking victims advocate
  • Division of Family Services case manager
  • Foster care case manager


Students have the opportunity to be a part of Phi Alpha Theta XI, a Social Work Honorary Society. Students are exposed to at least four different populations in need through internships and practicum.


Internal Scholarship

The Carrie Becker Brown Social Work Program Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to social work majors in their junior year who meet the criteria. The average award is up to $2800.


External Scholarships

Various social work professional organizations work to assist undergrad and graduate students in funding their social work education.

Check out The Social Work Guide, which offers a broad range of scholarship opportunities.


Practicum Sites

Community Health Network
Anderson Community Schools
Madison County Dep’t of Child Services
Aspire Indiana Infectious Disease Prevention Program
Compassus Hospice
Assurance Health Psychiatric Hospital
South Meridian Church of God Community Outreach
Ivy Tech Adult Wrap Around Services
Hamilton County Juvenile Probation
Madison County Sheriff’s Office – Victim Assistance
Madison County Prosecutor’s Office – Victim Assistance

Madison County Youth Opportunity Center

Aspire Indiana Kids Talk Child Advocacy Center
Firefly Children and Family Alliance of Madison County
Bethany Christian Services of Central Indiana
Ascension Anderson Center Adolescent and Adult Outpatient Services
Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program
Madison County Community Health Center
Community Fairbanks Recovery Center



Let’s connect during your campus visit.

Social Work

Lolly Bargerstock, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Lolly Bargerstock

Social Work Program Director

Melanie Musser

Melanie Lain Musser

Instructor of Social Work

Lisa Pay, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Lisa Pay

Professor of Social Work

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