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Kalea Benner, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Director of Undergraduate Studies

College of Social Work

College of Social Work

College of Social Work

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  • BASW

As the only helping profession that emphasizes both human well-being and social justice, social workers strive to empower others to make the changes they desire in their lives and advocate to bring about social change on both individual and community levels. Social workers help communities provide maximum equality of opportunity for all; help vulnerable individuals learn to cope more effectively with their problems and needs; and seek continually to strengthen and improve the institutional systems responsible for education, justice, health, business, labor, and welfare, so that people are better served.

Career Opportunities in Social Work

YOU can make a difference!

  • Administration
  • Adoption
  • Advocacy
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Outreach
  • Counselor
  • Criminal Justice
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Education
  • Foster Care
  • Gerontology
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • International Social Work
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Case Worker
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public Health Outreach
  • School Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse
  • Poverty
  • Public Policy
  • Veterans and Military Families
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My first practicum was with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), which represents children who have been abused or neglected. This really sparked my interest in the criminal justice system and led me to add a minor in political science. After I graduate I hope to get my MSW or go to law school. I think the great thing about social work is that there are so many different career options.

Jenny Youngberg

BASW Student, Class of 2018

Pre-Major Requirements

SW 124
SW 222 or SW 322*
PSY 100
PS 101
SOC 101
BIO 103
MA 109 or 111
ECO 101 or 201
ANT course
PHI 120
STA 210
*students with 60 credit hours or more may take SW 322 in lieu of SW 124 and SW 222

Selective Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the BASW program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher on all college work
  • A grade of B or better in both SW 124 and SW 222, or a grade of B or better in SW 322 (or equivalent)
  • A passing grade in PSY 100, SOC 101, BIO 103, and PS 101
  • Submission of essay

Review full application instructions here.

Full Major Requirements

The BASW foundation curriculum is designed to integrate the pillars of the social work profession: practice knowledge and skills, professional values, research and policy.  The curriculum is grounded in theory related to human behavior and emphasizes actual practice application through two semesters of field practicum where students are engaged with social welfare agencies related to their area of interest.

Public Child Welfare Certification Program

Social Work majors interested in a public service career working with children and families may apply for the Kentucky Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP), a cooperative effort between the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and several undergraduate social work programs throughout the state. The goal is to add professional bachelor’s level social work graduates to the ranks of child protection workers throughout Kentucky.

Benefits include:

  • Tuition (in state) paid in full for up to four semesters
  • A $1300 per semester stipend for books, UK fees, and related travel
  • Priority consideration for employment with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Eligibility includes:

  • Full-time enrollment in the BASW major, or eligibility for BASW major by end of semester
  • 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 in Social Work courses at application
  • No less than three nor more than four regular semesters before graduation (after current semester)
  • No criminal record which includes felony convictions
  • Valid driver’s license

To review full eligibility criteria and program information, click here.

Translational Learning

Field Education

One of the most important and exciting components of social work education is the field practicum. The Field Education practicum ensures students learn to integrate and apply social work values, knowledge, skills, and practice behaviors in a positive learning environment. Students’ high level of involvement in their own learning creates collaborative relationships that help them grow professionally and see practice in action. The College of Social Work partners with over 300 public and non-profit organizations across central and Eastern Kentucky. BASW students earn 13 credit hours completing over 600 hours in agency settings across two practicums within the social work curriculum. As the signature pedagogy of social work education, field education provides students a real world opportunity to begin to develop their professional identity.

Study Abroad in Ghana

SW 580: Social Development in Developing Countries – Ghana

This is a six-week field-based SW 580 summer course in Ghana and is open to all undergraduate or graduate students. This field-based course in Accra, Ghana introduces students to the social development approach through placements in social welfare and community-based programs run by both governmental and non-governmental (NGOs) agencies. The organizations' focus areas include outreach for street children, juvenile/probation services, residential facilities for delinquent boys and girls, rehabilitation for physically disabled persons, hospital-related social work, community development programs, women and children's services, orphanages and HIV/AIDS services. For more information, click here.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

This course is an interactive partnership between the University of Kentucky Department of Sociology, College of Social Work, and Kentucky Department of Corrections. Students will be selected from UK as “outside” students based on their interested in the criminal justice system and potential careers in the criminal justice field. Students will be selected from Blackburn Correctional Complex as “inside” students based on their interest in learning new ways of thinking about social problems and engaging in a college course. This interactive and innovative teaching model is known as the “Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program”.

This unique community-based learning model is currently successfully operating in over 300 prison institutions and college/university programs across world. The goal of this course is to examine the use and abuse of substances and their relationship to crime through the analysis of different types of sociological and clinical social work theories. Students examine the etiology, prevention, treatment, development of social policies, and theoretical explanations pertaining to the use of psychoactive substances and criminal justice responses in American society.

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

Students that have completed a bachelor’s degree of social work within the last 5 years may be eligible to apply for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The Advanced Standing MSW program consists of 39 hours, compared to the regular 60 hour MSW program. To be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing, applicants must have received their BASW or BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the last 5 years and present Grade Point Averages (GPA) at or above the following (firm) minimums:

Undergraduate GPA 3.0
Social Work GPA 3.5
Graduate GPA (if applicable) 3.0

Advanced Standing may be completed full-time (beginning in the Summer term) or part-time (beginning in the Fall term).

Candidates who are not admitted to Advanced Standing usually can be automatically considered for the Regular 60-credit program. Additionally at least 1 year of previous full-time paid social work-related experience is recommended. For more information, click here.


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Social and Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.

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Median Salary

$62,740

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

138,500

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

13,200

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Social and community service managers work for nonprofit organizations, private for-profit social service companies, and government agencies. Most work full time.

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social work degrees, social worker, basw, msw, lcsw, social work kentucky, UK social work, UKY Social Work, COSW, TRC, Social Justice

Kalea Benner, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Director of Undergraduate Studies

College of Social Work

College of Social Work

College of Social Work

859-257-6650

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