Bachelor of Social Work

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Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 52 sch  

SOCIWRK.BSW      CIP Code: 44.0701.00

General Description

The Baccalaureate Social Work (B.S.W.) program at Texas Woman’s University was begun in 1946 and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The B.S.W. degree prepares majors for the beginning level of professional social work practice. Career choices include those in medical settings, children’s and family services, youth work, community mental health, public welfare, geriatrics, policy development, agency administration, and emergency services. Requirements for admission to the Social Work program include: completion of the social work program application form, approval by the Social Work Admissions Review Committee, a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and enrollment in or completion of four foundation courses.

The curriculum is organized around five areas of study: human behavior and the social environment, social welfare and social policy, methods and skills of intervention, research, and field experience. Content on values and ethics, diversity, populations at risk, and social and economic justice is infused throughout the curriculum. Students are provided with field experience by means of a 416-semester credit hour (minimum) block placement in area social service agencies, under the direct supervision of a qualified social worker.

In addition to the University core curriculum requirements, the B.S.W. degree requires a total of 120 semester credit hours with 52 semester credit hours in Social Work. Departmental requirements include Speech 1013, Psychology 1013, Sociology 1013 or 1023, and Women's Studies 2013. Math 1713 is also required unless students transfer to TWU core complete with 6 hours of math. A grade of C or above must be earned in all required social work and sociology courses while maintaining a minimum overall GPA of 2.50. The student may select, with help from the academic advisor, electives complementary to career goals and interests. Students earning the B.S.W. degree at TWU are eligible to apply for state social work licensure and qualify for advanced standing in most M.S.W. programs.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total Semester Credit Hours42

Courses Required for Major

SOWK 1403Introduction to Social Welfare Policies and Services3
SOWK 1411Social Work Praxis Lab1
SOWK 2813Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
SOWK 3223
SOWK 3221
Social Work Practice I
and Social Work Practice I Laboratory
SOWK 4903Special Topics (Section .02 Culturally Competent Practices)3
SOWK Electives6
SOWK 3813Human Behavior in Social Environment II3
SOWK 4903Special Topics (Section .03 Vulnerable Populations)3
SOWK 3233
SOWK 3231
Social Work Practice II
and Social Work Practice II Laboratory
SOWK 3243
SOWK 3241
Social Work Practice III
and Social Work Practice III Laboratory
SOWK 4433Social Issues, Programs, and Policies3
SOWK 3053Social Research3
SOWK 4463Social Work Integrative Seminar3
SOWK 4469Social Work Field Practicum9
Total Semester Credit Hours52

Other Requirements

SPCH 1013Oral Communication3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology (may be applied from core)3
WS 2013Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies (GP - may be applied from core)3
SOCI 1013Introductory Sociology (may be applied from core)3
or SOCI 1023 Current Social Problems
MATH 1713Elementary Statistics II (may be applied from core)3
Electives 11
Total Semester Credit Hours26

(GP) Satisfies global perspective graduation requirement. 

Special note: The first two years of study are comprised of general electives and core courses. Students may take these courses in any sequence. Beginning in year three, students begin the Social Work sequence as part of a cohort and progress through the program as a cohort. Social Work courses are rigidly sequenced. Students must complete all courses in a semester before beginning any courses in the next semester. Formal applications for admission to the Social Work Program are submitted during the first semester of social work courses .

First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Life/Physical Sciences Core3
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core3
PSY 1013Introduction to General Psychology PSYC 23013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 Semester Credit Hours 16
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Life/Physical Sciences Core3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
General Elective3
SPCH 1013Oral Communication SPCH 13113
MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I MATH 1342, MATH 14423
 Semester Credit Hours 15
General Elective3
WS 2013 (GP)Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies 3
General Elective3
Creative Arts Core3
SOCI 1013 or 1023Introductory Sociology ( SOCI 1301) or ( SOCI 1306)3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Third Year
SOWK 1403Introduction to Social Welfare Policies and Services SOCW 23613
SOWK 1411Social Work Praxis Lab 1
SOWK 2813Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
SOWK 4903 (.02 Culturally Competent Practice)Special Topics 3
SOWK Elective3
General Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
SOWK 3223Social Work Practice I 3
SOWK 3221Social Work Practice I Laboratory 1
SOWK 3813Human Behavior in Social Environment II 3
MATH 1713Elementary Statistics II 3
SOWK 4903 (.03 Vulnerable Pops)Special Topics 3
Social Work Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
Fourth Year
SOWK 3233Social Work Practice II 3
SOWK 3231Social Work Practice II Laboratory 1
SOWK 3243Social Work Practice III 3
SOWK 3241Social Work Practice III Laboratory 1
SOWK 4433Social Issues, Programs, and Policies 3
SOWK 3053Social Research 3
Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SOWK 4463Social Work Integrative Seminar 3
SOWK 4469Social Work Field Practicum 9
 Semester Credit Hours 12
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120

NOTE:  Sequencing of core course and general electives is flexible.

(GP) courses satisfy global persectives graduation requirement.