Admission to Social Work Major
Students applying to and continuing in the Social Work Major 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 the BSW Student Handbook.
Prior to being admitted to the Social Work Major (594), students can declare Social Work-Prep (594P) as their Major.
Declaration of Social Work-Prep (594P) as a major requires completion of the Change of Major/Minor/Advisor form available on Topnet. The completed form must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or printed and delivered to AC 110, ATTN: Dr. Simon Funge
Social Work-Prep (594P) students are advised by an Academic Advisor in the Advising and Career Development Center.
Students who apply to and are admitted to the Social Work Major (594) are assigned a BSW Faculty advisor following admission.
Applying for Admission
Students wishing to Major in Social Work (594) must complete an application which is reviewed by the BSW faculty.
Detailed application procedures and forms are available at Application Procedures for the Major.
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 the BSW Program Director following admission to the Major. 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 prerequisites for the major, attain a GPA of 2.50 or higher (2.20 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 BSW Application Procedures for the Major.
Deadlines for Submitting Applications
November 1: for students wishing to begin the major in the following Spring semester *Please note that these students will complete the Major in 5 semesters.
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 corrective actions recommended by the BSW Program. For further details, see BSW Student Handbook.
- Honors Students
- SWSU (Social Work Student Union)
- Phi Alpha Honor Society
- Study Abroad & Global Learning
Becoming a Social Work Major at WKU!
BSW Program Options
Other Important Links
- WKU Social Work Alumni Survey
- WKU Admissions
- WKU Academic & Career Development Center (Student Advising)
- WKU Tuition Rates
- Social Work Library Resources
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