Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    Apr 22, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Social Work, BSW

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Total number of hours required for this degree:
120 semester hours

Total number of hours in major:
40 semester hours

Total number of advanced hours required in major:
34 semester hours

Required General Education Course

Suggested Sequencing of Courses:

Required for Bachelor of Social Work

Fall - Year One


General Education Requirements  

Total: 15 hrs

Spring - Year One


General Education Requirements  

Total: 16 hours

Fall - Year Two


General Education Requirements  


General Education Requirements  

Total: 15-16 hrs


General Education Requirements  


General Education Requirements  

Total: 15-16 hrs

Fall - Year Three

Total: 16 hrs

Spring - Year Three


General Education Requirements  

Total: 15 hrs

Fall - Year Four

Total: 15 hrs

Total: 12 hrs


The following components are required in all degrees:

General education, major, and validation of completion of:

  • overall semester hours - 120
  • institutional semester hours - 42
  • overall advanced hours - 36
  • institutional advanced hours - 24

Acceptable minor fields:

None required

The following courses are required of the BSW Degree Plan: SOCI 1301   OR PSYC 1305.  Students must earn a “C” or better in these courses. Courses may not be taken pass/fail.

SOWK 1300  is a prerequisite for all other social work courses and SOWK 2300  for most other social work courses. It is recommended that social work majors complete SOWK 1300  and SOWK 2300  early in their academic work. 

The Bachelor of Social Work Program is designed to prepare students for beginning professional practice with individuals, families, groups and communities, for responsible participation in social change, and for graduate study in social work or other human service professions.

Upon completion of the BSW, the student is eligible for full membership in the National Association of Social Workers and for license by examination by the State of Texas.

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Program

Students wishing to declare social work as a major can do so with the Registrar. Self-declared majors may enroll for a maximum of 15 semester hours of social work courses: SOWK 1300 , SOWK 2300 , SOWK 3321 , SOWK 3331  or SOWK 3333 . Formal admission to the program requires a completed BSW application, at least a 2.0 GPA overall, a social work GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a comportment congruent with the values of the social work profession. Applications for formal admission to the BSW Program are processed when grades for six semester hours of social work courses completed at the Worden School of Social Service are received. Applications and Handbooks can be obtained from the Worden School of Social Service Business Office.

For continuation in the program, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in social work courses after 12 semester hours in the major and be formally admitted into the program. Records are reviewed at the end of each grading period. Enrollment in field education courses requires successful completion of 28 hours in social work with a GPA of 2.5 in major courses and permission of the BSW Program Director. A GPA of 2.5 in the major is also required for graduation. Courses in the major and minor must be taken for a grade. A Pass/Fail grade for social work courses can only be taken for the field education courses. With the exception of the field education courses, “C” grade or better must be earned on all social work courses. A “P” grade must be earned for the field education courses.

A student who fails to maintain a satisfactory performance level will be notified in writing of termination in the major. Readmission must be approved by a faculty panel.

Transfer Credit in Social Work

Upper-division social work courses will be accepted in transfer only if they are earned in a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and determined by the Director of the BSW Program to be equivalent.

Academic credit for life/work experience is not given in the social work program for professional foundation courses.

Other Requirements

  1. Completion of a Secondary Assessment. In order to meet accreditations standards, all social work students are required to complete a secondary assessment, in the form of multiple choice questions, during their field courses. Students not completing the secondary assessment will not be able to graduate.

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