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Welcome from the BSW Program Director

Dr. Jayme Swanke


Welcome to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) program. The SIUE BSW program offers a curriculum in generalist social work practice. Students gain a set of knowledge, skills, and values that are vital to all fields of social work practice. Students in the BSW program have the opportunity to experience hands-on learning through job shadowing, practicing counseling and group facilitation skills through our simulated client program, and gain social work practice experience during their internship senior year.

In addition to classroom learning, students in the BSW program also have the opportunity to engage in community-based volunteer activities. Many faculty members in the Social Work Department encourage students to explore and engage with various communities to enhance the application of course concepts. Students also have the opportunity to become involved with the Student Social Work Association (SSWA), a student organization focused on community and campus service. In addition to getting involved in service projects, SSWA offers a chance for students to get to know one another and increase connectedness to SIUE and the Department of Social Work.

Our faculty members are dedicated to students and prepared to support and help them succeed throughout the BSW program and beyond. Graduates of the SIUE BSW program are prepared to enter the field of social work as professionals and practice in various fields including mental health, substance abuse, healthcare, and child welfare. Many students successfully apply to graduate programs including advanced standing Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs and earn graduate degrees.

We are pleased that you are interested in applying to and pursing a BSW at SIUE and encourage you to explore the website, visit the department, or set a time to meet with the BSW Director, Dr. Jayme Swanke. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Swanke at

Jayme Swanke, Ph.D.

BSW Program Director

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