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Western Kentucky University
Transfer Office
270-745-5065
transfer@wku.edu
1906 College Heights Blvd #11052 Bowling Green, KY 42101-1052

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SOCIAL WORK (A.S. TO B.S.W.)

Effective Date: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Science degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate SOCIAL WORK (A.S. TO B.S.W.) degree at Western Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression


Semester 1Credit Hours
ENG 101 (3) 3
Heritage Course 3
PSY 110 (3) or PSY 223 (3) 3
MAT 150 (3) 3
SOC 101 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2Credit Hours
ENG 102 (3) 3
BIO 112 (3) or BIO 114 (3) or BIO 135 (4) or BIO 150 (3) 3
BIO 113 Lab (1) or BIO 115 Lab (1) or BIO 151 Lab (2) 1
HMS 101 (3) or SWK 222 (3) 3
SWK 275 (3) 3
CIT 105 (3) or OST 105 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours16

Semester 3Credit Hours
COM 181 (3) or COM 252 (3) 3
Humanities Course 3
QR/NS Course 3
POL 101 (3) 3
HMS 102 (3) or SWK 124 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 4Credit Hours
ECO 101 (3) or ECO 201 (3) or ECO 202 (3) 3
NS Course 3
QR Course 3
QR/NS Course 3
SOC 220 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Pre-Transfer Notes

The HMS/SWK classes (HMS 101/SWK 222 and HMS 102/SWK 124) from KCTCS that transfer into the WKU Social Work discipline must be taught by faculty with a MSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Courses in the pathway are required for the BSW but also apply to the AA degree. Several KCTCS courses (COM 181 or 252, and SOC 220) are not required for the BSW from WKU, but apply toward the AAS Human Services degree.

After being admitted to WKU, acceptance into the social work major requires the following: a 2.5 GPA, an application to the WKU Social Work (BSW) program, including application, essay, NASW Code of Ethics Agreement Statement, WKU BSW Student Handbook Agreement Statement, and a screening interview. Application materials can be found at the WKU Department of Social Work’s website: http://www.wku.edu/socialwork/bsw/bsw_application_procedures_2016.php


Those with questions about the WKU Social Work program may contact:
Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services
Phone: 270-745-5312
Email: bswadmissions@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/socialwork

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements


1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression


Semester 5Credit Hours
Elective 3
Elective 3
SWRK 330 (3) 3
SWRK 344 (3) 3
SWRK 375 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 6Credit Hours
Elective 3
Elective 3
SWRK 331 (3) 3
SWRK 345 (3) 3
SWRK 379 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 7Credit Hours
Elective 3
Elective 3
SWRK 378 (3) 3
SWRK 381 (3) 3
SWRK 395 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 8Credit Hours
SWRK 480 (3) 3
SWRK 481 (3) 3
SWRK 482 (3) 3
SWRK 483 (3) 3
SWRK 270 (3) or SWRK 325 (3) or SWRK 326 (3) or SWRK 356 (3) or SWRK 357 (3) or SWRK 433 (3) or SWRK 436 (3) or SWRK 437 (3) or SWRK 450 (3) or SWRK 451 (3) or SWRK 485 (3) or SWRK 490 (3) or SWRK 496 (1-3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Program Notes

* Please note that SWRK 482 and SWRK 483 will need to be taken after your 8th semester. These courses cannot be taken earlier due to sequencing.

Those with questions about the WKU Social Work program may contact:
Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services
Phone: 270-745-5312
Email: bswadmissions@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/socialwork


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