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. Social workers impact all walks of life--from those who work with and advocate for the elderly, to those who work in schools with young learners.
I decided social work was the field for me because I learned early on how versatile and flexible my job opportunities would be if I completed my degree in this field. I have been humbled by the support of my peers and faculty and the collaboration and teamwork towards a shared goal of having an impact on our world.
Class of 2019
Incoming freshmen may select pre-Social Work or undeclared/exploratory studies in Social Work as a major. Any current UK student may change their major to pre-Social Work or undeclared/exploratory studies in Social Work during major change windows. Students may drop off major change forms in the drop box beside POT 607. Students are encouraged to meet with a Social Work academic advisor to discuss potential schedule changes and update their gradution plan.
Pre-Social Work students usually apply to the professional program during their sophomore year. To be eligible to apply for the BASW program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Review full application instructions here.
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 200 public and non-profit organizations across central and Eastern Kentucky. BASW students earn 13 credit hours completing over 475 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.
Advanced Standing Master of Social Work Program
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 30 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 minimums:
Undergraduate GPA 3.0
Social Work GPA 3.5
Graduate GPA (if applicable) 3.0
Advanced Standing may be completed full-time, part-time, hybrid, or online.
Candidates who are not admitted to Advanced Standing usually can be automatically considered for the Regular 60-credit program. For more information, click here.
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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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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There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.
This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroadView Major Advising Page
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