June 14, 1973.
On this day, Dean Richard G. Lawrence of the Indiana University School of Social Service announced that the school was to commence a bachelor of social work (BSW) degree program in Indianapolis starting in August. To date, the school had offered only the graduate master of social work (MSW) degree and a few undergraduate courses. "We have been planning it for a long time and are excited about getting started," said Lawrence, who began his tenure as dean in 1967. "We are happy to have the program in Indianapolis," he continued. "Besides the field work which will be done in Indianapolis, there will also be a great deal of field work throughout the state."
The IU Board of Trustees had approved the BSW program in 1972; the Indiana Commission for Higher Education had done so earlier in the year. At the time, the school was located on the fifth floor of Cavanaugh Hall, having moved from its longtime home at 122 East Michigan Street.
In 1977 the school changed its name to the School of Social Work. The school offers the BSW, MSW, and PhD in social work.
To learn more about the development of the School of Social Work, consult records in IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. Ask an archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org.