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Undergraduate Social Work Program

Department of Psychology, Sociology and 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)



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.

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.

Please note that this degree cannot be completed online, nor are all classes offered at night. Students must be able to complete a 16 - 32 hour per week internship during the day (8 - 5) over one or two semesters to complete the degree. 

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.”

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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 ­

What can I do with a degree in social work? There are many possibilities!
¿Qué puedo con un título en trabajo social? íHay muchas posibilidades!
Click here to find out more about what social workers do!
Click here to learn more about working in different settings.
Why social work?
A baccalaureate degree in social work (BS or BA) 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 degree in social work 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 fulfill a variety of positions, including doing counseling or therapy as a clinical social worker 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

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  • 48 semester hours from SOCW, 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: For information, contact Dr. Jennifer Wood (jwood@wtamu.edu) or Ms. Kristy Bartlett (kbartlett@wtamu.edu)

  • All majors are welcome!

Phi Alpha Nu Honor Society : Contact Dr. Melody Loya at mloya@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, 2016 is due by November 1st.

Click here to download the BSW Program Application

To view the Program Application click the link above.

­Experiential Learning

The Social Work program feels strongly about experiential learning, and provides many hands-on opportunities for social work students. Students may have the opportunity to run psychoeducational groups, do case management or work in a Truancy Reduction Program. ­Opportunities through classes or independent study courses may vary; talk to your advisor about your options!

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