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Dr. Caroline Macke
BSW Director


Welcome to the Bachelor of Social Work program at Northern Kentucky University. Our website includes information and links to guide your journey and we hope that it will provide the information you need to join our amazing BSW program. The NKU BSW program hosts top-notch faculty and wonderfully energetic alumni. We can’t wait for you to become one of us! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via email to

Where You Can Work

Social work has never been in greater demand than it is today. Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations (BLS, 2020).

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



Please email with any questions regarding the program.



To schedule a BSW advising appointment, please contact the appropriate advisor according to the number of credit hours that you have earned:

Advisors Website:


Freshman Advisors: (0-29 earned hours)

Nick Pflum at and

Robin Lester at


Sophomore-Senior Advisor: (30-120+ earned hours) Deborah Henry at


To contact BSW Field Director Dr. Tara McLendon, please email

To contact BSW Program Director Dr. Caroline Macke, please email


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

CSWE Website

Beyond the Classroom - Field Experience

Social Work majors gain valuable professional experience in their field placement. Field placement consists of completing 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.

Please contact BSW Field Director Dr. Megan Lindsey, for more information about the field placement program at

Students are an active part in selecting their field placement. Unlike other BSW programs, the NKU BSW program allow students to select their field experience at an agency approved by the BSW Field Director. We encourage students to select an agency where they desire to work after graduation, as many are offered a job from their field experience.

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.