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Undergraduate Social Work Program

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work

SOCIAL WORK

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

May be either depending on option selected.

Pre-Major in Social Work (Major Code: 151)

Major in Social Work (Major Code: 152)

Students are considered to be a social work major once they have applied to the program and been accepted by the Social Work Program Admissions Committee.

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What can I do with a Degree in Social Work?

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of the catalog and the “Curriculum Guide, Major in Social Work.”

Accreditation 

The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The principal educational objective of the program is to prepare students for employment as beginning, entry-level generalist practitioners. Preparation of students for graduate education is a secondary objective. Social work majors are urged to consult closely with program advisers to assure proper sequencing of courses and in selection of appropriate electives.

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Social Work Club
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work
 

What is social work?

Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Social workers help clients improve their quality of life and sense of well-being. According to the NASW website, social workers are “uniquely qualified to help people right in their own environment, by looking at all the different aspects of their life and culture…Social workers care for people in every stage of life, from children to the elderly” http://www.helpstartshere.org

 

 
 
Why social work?
A baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW) leads to licensure as a LBSW. Did you know that, in Texas, you cannot use the title of social worker without having a degree from a CSWE accredited program and becoming licensed? (You cannot take the licensing exam without a degree in social work.) Opportunities for careers in social work are expected to grow by 25% in the next few years!
 
If you graduate with your BSW and you decide to go to graduate school, then you can earn your MSW in about half the time than someone with any other degree. With a graduate degree in social work, you can even become a clinical social worker, providing counseling and therapy through an agency or through your own private practice.
 
The opportunities in social work are diverse…one of the coolest things about social work is the opportunity to “reinvent” yourself if you decide that you actually don’t want to work in a certain area.

Social work program requirements

  • 48 semester hours, including 2315, 2361, 3301, 3302, 3380, 4310, 4321, 4341, 4362, 4380, 4381, 4383, 4688, 4698
  • Six semester hours from 4303, 4305, 4335, 4345, 4375, 4376, and 4395
Required courses from other areas:
  • PSYC 2301
  • SOCI 1301
  • BIOL 1406, 1407, or 1408, 1409, or 2401, 2402 (8 hours)

You must earn a C or better in each of these courses!

Click here for catalog descriptions of the courses.

Criteria for admission into the social work program are*:

All students declaring a major in social work will be considered pre-majors prior to official admittance into the social work program through a formal application process.

  • Completion of the University core curriculum courses, including BIOL

  • Completion of SOCW 2315, SOCW 2361, and SOCW 3301

  • An overall cumulative WTAMU GPA of 2.25 or higher

  • An application for admission accompanied by 1) two letters of reference from people who can attest to the student’s desire and commitment to helping others; and 2) the student’s latest official transcript (available through the Registrar’s office on the 1st floor of Old Main)

  • A copy of the student’s official degree plan

Click here to file a request for a degree plan

*Exceptions to these requirements will be considered on an individual basis. A letter must be attached to the application explaining the request for the exception, along with a plan regarding completion of the requirements.

Prerequisites for advanced work:

SOCW 2315, 2361 and 3301 or permission of instructor are required for all advanced work. Admission to the program and an overall GPA of 2.25 or higher is a prerequisite for admission into SOCW 4310, SOCW 4341, SOCW 4383 and the field instruction courses, SOCW 4688 and 4698. See individual course descriptions for other prerequisites.

Student Organizations:

Social Work Club (Contact Dr. Melody Loya at mloya@wtamu.edu for information)

  • All majors are welcome!

Phi Alpha Nu Honor Society (Contact Ms. Cara Speer at cspeer@wtamu.edu for minimum requirements)

  • For Social Work majors only


Social Work Student Handbook

To view the Social Work Student Handbook click on the link above.

The BSW Program Application for Spring is due to Ms. Speer by November 3rd, 2014.

Click here to download the BSW Program Application

To view the Program Application click the link above.

 Experiential Learning

The  West Texas Family and Community Services (WTFCS) program provides experiential learning for social work students. Psychoeducational groups, counseling, case management and Benefit Bank and hygiene packs are provided free of charge for any clients. Additionally, a Truancy Reduction Program is run by interns and other student volunteers through the agency. To learn more about WTFCS or the Truancy Program, click on the link above.

Social Work Advisory Council

The primary function of the Council is to provide advice and guidance to the Social Work Program in matters relating to the profession of social work. For more information about the Social Work Advisory Council click here.

Field Practicum Information

BSW Program Assessment Data

 

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