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Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to launch your social work career. The online Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program at the University of Kentucky prepares you to pass clinical licensing exams with experienced faculty that provides the guidance to help you make an impact in your chosen field. You may transfer up to 67 credits from a two-year institution and complete the B.A. in Social Work in two years.

As a College of Social Work student, you’ll also receive exceptional academic support from our distinguished staff. All B.A. in Social Work academic advising is overseen by a licensed social worker, which lends a forward-looking career perspective to the educational process.

With over 1,000+ practicum sites, our field education allows students to find a setting in their community that aligns with their interests.

Our B.A. in Social Work curriculum is focused on social justice, strengths, and solutions. Students have the opportunity to personalize their educational journey through a series of upper-level electives designed to create depth of learning specific to the student’s area of interest. You also have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate certificate in Diversity and Inclusivity Awareness to gain an enriching, multidisciplinary academic experience through exposure to a variety of cultures and lived experiences.

UK Core – Gen Ed (10 Courses, 30 credits)

The UK Core Courses are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

Pre-Professional Courses (2 Courses, 6 credits)

SW 124: Intro to Social Work3
SW 222: Development of Social Welfare OR SW 322 (for students with 60+ hours)3

Pre-Major Requirements (9 courses, 27 credits)

Complete Coursework in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Math, Logic, Biology, Economics, Anthropology, and Statistics.

Core Social Work Curriculum (44 credits)

SW 300: Social Work Practice I4
SW 421: Human Behavior and Social Environment3
SW 430: Social Welfare Policy3
SW 350: Social Work Practice II: Survey of Groups3
SW 422: Human Behavior and Social Environment II3
SW 435: Intro to Professional Ethics3
SW 444: Educational Practicum I5
SW 400: Social Work Practice III3
SW 450: Social Work Research3
SW 460: Mental Health and Behavior3
SW 445: Educational Practicum II5
SW 470: Senior Seminar3


SW 325 or SW 521

Social and Behavioral Sciences and Social Work Electives (4 Courses, 12 credits)

Complete upper division courses from any one of: Anthropology, Economics, Family Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology.

Foreign Language Requirement: 2 years in high school or 2 semesters in college

Free Electives

Enough to meet 120 credit hour requirement to graduate

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