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A generalist Social Work curriculum is based on the values and ethics of the profession. Among others, these include a commitment to social and economic justice, valuing the importance of human relationships, and honoring the dignity and worth of human beings. Once admitted to the Bachelor of Social Work Program, students study human behavior, research, social work practice, and social welfare policy. An emphasis is placed on utilizing critical thinking skills in work with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Where You Can Work

Social Work has never been in greater demand than it is today. Employment of social workers is expected to increase much faster than all other occupations through 2016 (BLS, 2008).

There are a wide variety of jobs for social workers, such as school social work, hospitals, aging, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and family services. A career in social work is one with great job mobility and opportunities.  A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares graduates for licensure and a Master of Social degree (MSW), increasing employment and salary opportunities.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Megan Lindsey
Director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program



Our NKU Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Beyond the Classroom

Bachelor of Social Work majors gain valuable professional experience in their field placement. Field placement consists of spending 400 hours in a community-based agency in the final semester of the BSW curriculum. Placements are facilitated in the Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati area. However, students may also apply to participate in placements beyond the immediate geographical region.

Students are encouraged to enhance their professional networks through membership in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) student organization and participation in service learning and community service activities.