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.
Major in Social Work (Major Code: 131)
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.”
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.
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?
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
Required courses from other areas:
You must earn a C or better in each of these 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.
*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. An overall GPA of 2.25 or higher is a prerequisite for admission into the field instruction courses, SOCW 4688 and 4698. See individual course descriptions for other prerequisites.
Social Work Club (Contact Dr. Melody Loya at firstname.lastname@example.org for information)
Phi Alpha Nu Honor Society (Contact Ms. Cara Speer at email@example.com for minimum requirements)
To view the Social Work Student Handbook click on the link above.
The Program Application is due to Dr. Loya by November 15th.
To view the Program Application click the link above.
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