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WKU Owensboro Undergraduate Programs


The mission of the BSW Program at Western Kentucky University is to prepare culturally competent professionals who practice with diverse communities and client systems. The program promotes a commitment to professional ethics, leadership, professionalism, social justice and lifelong learning in order for graduates to practice successfully in a global community. Goals of the program include: Preparing generalist social workers who are culturally competent and adept at integrating professional knowledge, values, and skills for practice with diverse populations and multi-generational client systems of various sizes. Fostering a respect for diversity and a commitment to the common good through the advancement of social justice and instilling a sense of oneself as a citizen of the world who is committed to ongoing professional growth and development.

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.

Starting with the basic principles, concepts and a historical perspectives, students will learn about the problems addressed by diverse social service programs and explore their activities.



- Case Management
- Counseling
- Youth Services
- Probation
- Victim Assistance

For more careers and information, go to the Career Services Center website and select "Connect major to careers".



For a listing of the coursework for this program, follow this link to the academic plan.

  • Application to the Social Work department is required in addition to the university. Applications may be found on the WKU Social Work website or your WKU Owensboro advisor can provide one for you. Admission for the WKU Owensborosocial work program is limited to fall only. The application deadline is April 1. For those students finishing prerequisites over summer term, applications are due August 1.
  • A 2.5 GPA is required for admission to the major
  • A minor is not required for Social Work, but due to program sequencing, a minor may be considered.

More information on course requirements and program application can be found on the departmental webpage.


WKU Owensboro Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:
- 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate of Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.



Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email for an appointment.


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 Last Modified 1/27/17