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The curriculum for the social work program has several components:

General education core

This is the collection of courses that the state of Texas has determined is essential to achieve a well-rounded college education and these courses are required for all majors.

BSW Degree Plan

You do not have to have all of your core courses completed before applying to the social work program. It is recommended that you have completed English Comp I and Comp II and that you have completed at least 18 college hours before applying.

Additional liberal arts courses

These are courses beyond the general education core that the BSW faculty have determined are necessary to enhance critical thinking, research and writing skills to prepare students effectively for social work coursework and practice.

  • Advanced writing (ENG 3305, 3308, 3309, 3310, 3325, 3326, 3328, 3329, 4306, or 4309)
  • 3 hrs. in psychology (PSY)
  • 3 hrs. in sociology (SOC) or anthropology (ANTH)
  • SOS 2304: Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • SOS 3312: Statistics in the Social Sciences

You do not have to have the above courses completed before applying to the social work program.

The social work courses

These are the courses that provide the generalist skills and knowledge-base specific to social work. Students considering applying to the program should make sure they can commit to the planned offerings, but should also know these may change as the program develops. Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to take SOCW 2361 and SOCW 2363 as soon as possible; these two required courses are open to non-majors and serve as prerequisites for several upper-level courses.

Required Social Work courses

Course Number Course Title Planned Offerings
SOCW 2361* Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare Fall and Spring
SOCW 2363* Introduction to Social Welfare Policy Fall and Spring
SOCW 3361* Human Behavior in the Social Environment I Fall
SOCW 3362* Human Behavior in the Social Environment II Spring
SOCW 3311 Urban Practice 1 Fall
SOCW 3312 Urban Practice 2 Spring
SOCW 3363* Urban Issues in a Global Environment Spring
SOCW 3364* Social Justice & Professional Ethics Fall
SOCW 3313 Case Management Fall
SOCW 4311 Issues in Social Services Fall
SOCW 4401 Field Experience 1 Fall
SOCW 4502 Field Experience 2 Spring

Prescribed social work elective courses (students choose 2 of these)

Course Number Course Title Planned Offerings
SOCW 3331 Practice with Aging Populations  
SOCW 3332 Practice with Children & Adolescents  
SOCW 4331 Urban Community Organizing
Spring
SOCW 4332 Crisis Intervention  
SOCW 4361* Comparative Social Policy  

*indicates course is open to non-majors, prerequisites will apply as indicated in the catalog

Last updated or reviewed on 6/16/14

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