Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Full Major Application

  • Example: Spring 2017 or just “2017”, if you don’t recall the semester.
  • E.G.: 3.2
  • E.G.: 3.6
  • E.G.: College of Engineering
  • E.G.: Anthropology
  • SW-124SW-222 or SW-322Intro to SociologyIntro to PsychologyPS-101 (American Government)BIO-103 or BIO-110 
  • I.E.: Through a professor, a faculty member, a friend, et cetera
  • You’ve made a decision to become a professional social worker, as such the College of Social Work wants to know more about you and your readiness for your social work education and practice. In a short (no more than 5 paragraphs) essay, answer each of the following prompts. Where appropriate, you may use first person language. Additionally, where appropriate please use citations in APA formatting. As you write, please remember It is important for social workers to be able to engage in self-reflection, an expected component behavior of professional behavior, but in a way that is primarily grounded in academic content and not a means to solely share personal experiences. We recommend that you review the COSW BASW handbook prior to completing your essay.
    • Articulate your understanding of social work as a profession.
    • Identify and explain the personal qualities, strengths, abilities, and/or skills that equip you to be a successful BASW student & professional social worker.
    • Additionally, identify those areas in which you foresee a need for personal growth and development to become successful in both the academic program and the profession.
    Accepted file types: docx, doc, odt, rtf, txt, pdf, Max. file size: 5 MB.
  • College of Social Work Criminal Background Statement

    (Approved by UK Legal Counsel)

    All students accepted and enrolled in the BASW degree program must complete a practicum course sequence, including two practicum placements in community agencies, as a requirement of the degree.

    Many agency practicum sites require background checks and drug screening. Students must comply with any agency requirements for screening. A criminal background may pose difficulties in securing a practicum placement and/or may result in the inability to secure a placement. Some agencies may be precluded by law from accepting students who have a criminal background. Additionally, some agencies are unwilling to supervise students having certain criminal charges. Any negative findings on background checks or drug screenings that affect the ability to secure a practicum placement may also prevent successful completion of the requirements for the degree and your ability to graduate. Please note that convictions for certain criminal offenses may also preclude you from being licensed as a professional social worker in some states. Applicants should consider these barriers in their educational planning.
  • By signing this form, I am verifying that I have read this information and understand that having a criminal record or being unable to pass drug screening may make me ineligible for practicum placements. This could prevent me from completing the practicum course sequence required for the BASW degree, which would preclude me from completing the BASW degree program.
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  • If you meet all of the criteria except the overall GPA standard required for admission, and your GPA is between 2.25 and 2.49, you may be eligible to request an exception from this requirement. The BASW program requires that students have high intellectual ability and strong motivation. If your past academic performance does not reflect accurately your ability to succeed, you may submit the Petition for Consideration of Exception along with your application. Please read carefully: This Petition for Consideration of Exception is available to students who have experienced academic difficulties of a short duration or due to extenuating circumstances. This petition can be utilized by students who have experienced events that have impacted their academic performance such as: Personal illness, trauma or disability Family illness, trauma or death Financial or college adjustment difficulties In addition, recent semester(s) GPA score(s) need to show substantial academic improvement to clearly demonstrate the ability to meet this standard. If you are eligible to apply, you are encouraged to provide as much specific evidence of your academic abilities, as well as specific steps you plan to take to continue to improve your performance. Instructions If you are eligible to submit this petition, please provide the following information typed on a separate sheet of paper entitled ” Petition for Consideration of Exception.” The following sections must be clearly addressed in this petition: Describe any specific obstacles or circumstances that hindered your past academic achievement. Describe how you overcame, or plan to overcome, these obstacles if you are admitted into the BASW program Convince the Undergraduate Admissions Committee that you have greater potential for success in your academics than is reflected in your current GPA.

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