The Department of Social Work includes two programs, the Bachelor of Social Work Program (BSW) and the Master of Social Work Program (MSW). The BSW program prepares students to be professional social workers that are able to work in multiple settings with diverse populations experiencing a variety of issues. The BSW degree is an outstanding professional degree that enables graduates to work within many areas of the human service delivery system. The MSW degree is considered the “terminal” practice degree within the profession. Despite the need for all professionals to be life-long learners, graduates from the MSW program will need no additional formal education in terms of working with client groups and organizations in a multitude of settings. In addition to providing preparation for direct services, the MSW degree is also an excellent degree to prepare for supervisory and management positions within human service agencies.
The Department of Social Work continues to experience growth in terms of students, faculty, and programs. The BSW program is a thriving program with over 300 students. The BSW program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1978. The BSW program is offered in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, and Glasgow! The MSW program enrolls approximately 120 graduate students and received initial accreditation from the CSWE in 2006. Our MSW program offers a unique concentration: advanced direct practice in rural settings. Currently, the MSW program can be completed in Bowling Green as well as an online cohort. Both programs were reaccredited by the CSWE in February, 2010.
The department includes 16 full-time faculty, three faculty members on transitional retirement, two professional staff, four office associates, and four graduate assistants. Significant departmental projects include the WKU Training Resource Center (TRC), the Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP), the Credit for Learning Project (CFL), and the MSW Cohort Studies Initiative.