Admission to the Social Work Major
Students applying to and continuing in the BSW Program at Western Kentucky University are expected to possess, appreciate, and continue to develop a number of personal qualities and characteristics. Among these are (1) self-awareness, (2) professional commitment and behavior, (3) objectivity, (4) acceptance of diversity and (5) freedom from chemical dependency and unresolved emotional issues. For a complete description of these and other qualities see pp. 23-25 of the BSW Student Handbook
Students who declare social work as a major are assigned an advisor from the BSW faculty. Advisor assignments are made by contacting Dr. Dana Sullivan, BSW Director, at (270) 745-5312 or visiting the departmental office in Academic Complex 211. Declaration of social work as a major requires completion of the Change of Major/Minor/Advisor form available on Topnet. The completed form must be printed and delivered to Dr. Dana Sullivan in AC 211.
Applying for Admission
Students wishing to major in social work must complete an application, which is reviewed by the Admission & Retention (A&R) Committee. The A&R Committee, composed of the BSW faculty, meets three times per academic year to review applications. Completed applications must be returned to the BSW Program Director, Dr. Dana Sullivan, Academic Complex. Detailed application procedures and forms are available at: Application Procedures
The first step in the transfer process is admission to WKU. Students transferring into the social work major should contact an academic advisor as early as possible in the transfer process. Advisor assignments are made by contacting Dr. Dana Sullivan, BSW Director, at (270) 745-5312 or visiting the departmental office in Academic Complex 211. For information about how a specific course will transfer to WKU visit the Transfer Credit Articulation Page.
In order to be considered for admission to the social work major, students must complete all prerequistes for the major, attain a GPA of 2.5 or higher (2.2 GPA for students enrolled at WKU prior to fall 2009), achieve sophomore status, and complete the application process. Full details of the application requirements are available at: Application Procedures
Deadlines for submitting applications
November 1: for students wishing to begin the major in the following spring semester
April1: for students wishing to begin the major in the following fall semester
July 15: for students wishing to begin the major in the following fall semester but need to complete the prerequisite classes during the summer session
Continued Retention in the Social Work Program
Students receiving a grade of "D" or lower in any course used for the social work major will be required to repeat the course.
Continued retention is contingent upon upholding the principles of the NASW Code of Ethics, being able to demonstrate an understanding of social work knowledge, values, and skills, and completing any recommendations generated by the BSW Admissions and Retention Committee (BSW Handbook, p.27)
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