School of Social Work

Health Professions Building Room 150
Telephone: 512-245-2592
www.socialwork.txstate.edu

The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree with a major in Social Work, is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Bachelor of Social Work prepares students to engage in entry-level social work practice, to apply for state social work licensure, and to pursue graduate social work studies. Social Work students must maintain high scholastic standards. They must also develop the capacity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and assist all people with any life difficulties and transitions they experience.

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Minor

Courses in Social Work (SOWK)

SOWK 1350 is a prerequisite to all other social work courses except SOWK 2375, SOWK 4315, SOWK 4318, SOWK 4320, and SOWK 4355.


SOWK 1350. Introduction to Social Work.

This introductory survey course includes the nature, function, and various types of social work practice, acquainting the student with the history, scope, and values of the profession.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
TCCN: SOCW 2361

SOWK 2320. Love and Relationships.

This elective course explores the nature of attraction, friendship, love, and human sexuality, enabling students to enhance their own personal and professional relationships.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 2375. Social Services in the Community.

This undergraduate course introduces the organizations and policies involved in social services delivery. Students participate in 50 hours of work as supervised observers and volunteers in selected social service agencies.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 3305. Seminar in Human Behavior and Social Environment I.

This undergraduate course provides an overview of human functioning in the environment by studying eco-systems and developmental frameworks. It builds knowledge and values for practice with task groups, organizations, and communities. Prerequisite: Official Social Work major; complete SOWK 3420 with grade of C or higher.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 3312. Alcoholism and Chemical Dependence.

This elective course focuses on commonly used and abused drugs as well as the dynamics and treatment of addiction and alcohol abuse. It emphasizes direct social work interventions aimed at addiction prevention and treatment.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 3332. Helping Troops Transition Back to their Families and Communities: The Invisible Wounds of War.

The course examines topics at the individual, family, group, organizational, and community levels related to troops who are returning from current combat operations and their families. It reviews the needs, community resources, and policies in place for helping them and their families make this transition. Prerequisite: Upper division undergraduate standing or instructor approval.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 3340. Social Work Research.

This undergraduate course builds foundation scientific research skills in critical thinking, knowledge of program and practice evaluation, and a philosophy of generalist social work practice. Prerequisite: Official Social Work major; HP 3302 or HP 3325 or CJ 3347 or PSY 2301 or SOCI 3307; with a grade of C or higher.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 3420. Social Work Practice I.

This undergraduate course studies generalist theory and application of social work practice with individuals, families, and groups, including introductory data collection, assessment, intervention planning, and evaluation. Prerequisites: Official Social Work major. (WI).

4 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
Course Attribute(s): Lab Required|Writing Intensive
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 3425. Social Work Practice II.

This undergraduate course emphasizes generalist social work practice with task groups, organizations, and communities, examining data collection, assessment, intervention, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Students develop and implement a community-based project. (WI) Prerequisites: SOWK 3420 with grade of C or higher.

4 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
Course Attribute(s): Lab Required|Writing Intensive
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4300A. Animal Assisted Therapy.

This course is a starting point for individuals seeking an introduction to the human-animal bond and its therapeutic applications. The course connects students with an extensive network of handlers and facilities in a wide range of disciplines with applied animal-assisted therapy programs.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 4300B. Spirituality and Social Work Practice.

This elective course provides a basic framework of knowledge, values, and skills necessary for ethical and effective spiritually-relevant practice. It examines spirituality as an integral component of a strengths-based approach to social work practice with diverse and/or vulnerable clients. It integrates a contemporary global perspective with critical self-reflection.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 4300C. School Social Work.

This course is an overview of social services in schools. Topics covered include: educational issues, conceptual framework, policies, and service delivery systems. Special attention is paid to cultural diversity, special populations, parent-school collaboration, community liaison, referral systems, and change.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 4300D. Hip Hop and Social Justice for Individual and Community Change.

Hip-Hop culture is examined within the context of human development over the life course with an emphasis on positive individual and community development. Cultural dynamics are viewed alongside the social and political history of the United States including issues of equity and justice.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 4300G. Ghana: Human Rights and Social Justice Applied.

This undergraduate course will focus on applied social justice and human rights in a global context from an interdisciplinary standpoint in Ghana.

3 Credit Hours. 12 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 4300H. Comparative Social Work Ethics in Canterbury.

The purpose of this course is to assist the student in expanding a basic level of knowledge, values, and skills in the area of ethics in social work. The NASW Code of Ethics and the National Codes of Ethics from the International Federation of Social Workers are used.

3 Credit Hours. 12 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 4300I. Social Work and Social Services in Canterbury.

The purpose of this course is to assist the student in exploring social work processes, social service provision and services to special populations in Canterbury, England. Agency visits or primary research will guide learning.

3 Credit Hours. 12 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOWK 4305. Seminar in Human Behavior and Social Environment II.

This undergraduate course integrates knowledge from social sciences and SOWK 3305, focusing on individuals, families, and small groups functioning in environments. It uses a bio-psychosocial perspective, expanding on eco-systems, developmental, and values frameworks. (WI) Prerequisite: SOWK 3305 with a grade of C or higher.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Writing Intensive
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4310. Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work.

This undergraduate course focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for effective, ethical, and just practice, exploring interpersonal and institutional dynamics of racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, classism and other forms of oppression and their effects on providing social services to diverse populations. (MULT).

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Multicultural Content
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4315. Child Welfare.

This undergraduate elective course analyzes child welfare services available to abused and neglected children in their own homes, in substitute care, and through the community, emphasizing social work intervention with children and their families.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4318. Social Work and Health Care.

This undergraduate elective course provides a generalist view of social work practice in mental health and public health, considering the social problems that affect health care, and ethical and effective intervention strategies and service delivery systems.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4320. Social Work with Older Adults.

This undergraduate elective gives a comprehensive introduction to contemporary social problems, values, and issues affecting older adults, and effective and ethical intervention strategies and service delivery systems.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4355. Policy Practice.

This course is an overview of social policy and legislation and the processes of influencing public policy. It links policy with a broad range of social work service areas.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4356. Professionalism in Social Work.

This course builds skills in self-presentation, in taking responsibility for personal and professional growth, in learning professional behaviors in organizations, and in presenting court testimony. Prerequisite: SOWK 3425 with grade of C or higher.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4360. Directed Study in Social Work.

This one-semester undergraduate course highlights individualized reading, independent study and projects, and guided instruction. It is offered to superior students by the professor’s invitation and with the consent of the BSW Coordinator. This course may be repeated once for credit with different emphasis.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from 3-peat Processing
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SOWK 4425. Social Work Practice III.

This undergraduate course emphasizes interpersonal and communication skills necessary for effective, ethical generalist social work practice. Students translate theory into helping behaviors through practice and feedback to develop competent skills for beginning field placement. (WI) Prerequisites: SOWK 3425 with grade of C or higher.

4 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 1 Lab Contact Hour.
Course Attribute(s): Lab Required|Writing Intensive
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4645. Beginning Field Practice in Social Work.

Undergraduate students engage in generalist social work in agencies, supervised by licensed social workers and the field coordinator. Students work a minimum of 250 clock hours, attend seminars, and complete assignments. Prerequisites: Completion of all Phase II course requirements, and application to field coordinator.

6 Credit Hours. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 20 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Dual Enrollment Permitted|Time Conflicts Permitted
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

SOWK 4650. Advanced Field Practice in Social Work.

This undergraduate course extends SOWK 4645. Students, supervised by licensed social workers and the field coordinator, apply advanced generalist techniques for a minimum of 250 clock hours, attending seminars, and completing assignments. Prerequisites: Completion of all Phase II course requirements, and application to field coordinator.

6 Credit Hours. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 20 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Dual Enrollment Permitted|Time Conflicts Permitted
Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Ackerson, Carla J, Clinical Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington

Ausbrooks, Angela R, Associate Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Benton, Amy D, Associate Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., Univ of California, Berkeley

Borah, Elisa Vonson, Lecturer, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Burns, Judith M, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington

Coll, Jose Edgardo, School Director - Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Garcia, Moctezuma, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., City University of New York

Gianotti, Michael P, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Texas State University

Gutierrez, Tozi Aide, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington

Hall, Katherine Rebecca, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Texas State University

Haskell, Rachael Anne, Lecturer, Social Work, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Hawkins, Catherine A, Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Kampschaefer, Scott Joseph, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Texas State University

Kim, Jangmin, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., Indiana Unv Purdue Unv Indianapol

Kim, Eun Hae, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Knox, Karen S, Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Lawson, Jennifer N, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., Univ of California, Berkeley

McGee, Stacie S, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University

Medel, Ruben S, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.T., University of Texas at Austin

Meeker, Linda Sue, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Texas State University

Moon, KeriAnne Mauch, Lecturer, Social Work, D.S.W., Capella University

Murillo, Rosamaria, Lecturer, Social Work, Ph.D., Our Lady of the Lake University

Nason, Erica Elizabeth, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., Univ of New Mexico Main Campus

Norton, Christine L, Associate Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago

Papick, Joseph Frank, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.T., University of Texas at Austin

Penzerro, Rose Marie, Lecturer, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Pulliam, Rose Marie, Clinical Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Purvin, Michele F, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Texas State University

Rodriguez, Abel, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Texas State University

Rogers, Lisa, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.T., University of Texas at Austin

Rollins, Tanya Nicolle, Lecturer, Social Work, M.S.W., Texas State University

Selber, Katherine, Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Smith, Kenneth Scott, Associate Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., Florida State University

Summerhill, Laura C, Lecturer, Social Work, Ph.D., New York University

Trahan, Mark Herrick, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Houston

Travis, Raphael, Associate Professor, Social Work, D.P.H., Univ of California-Los Angeles

Velez, Lea Robin, Clinical Lecturer, Social Work, M.S., Capella University

Waddell, Rhondda F, Lecturer, Social Work, Ph.D., Florida State University

Wang, Kaipeng, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., Boston College

Yarvis, Jeffrey Scott, Lecturer, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Yoon, Hyunwoo, Assistant Professor, Social Work, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin