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

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The Social Work curriculum is based on and interwoven with the general education core curriculum consisting of 57 semester credit hours, and 6 hours in supportive Social Sciences. Students progress in three phases of the Social Work major, without regard to disability. A social worker must be emotionally and behaviorally stable, must have strong communication skills, must have solid interpersonal relationship-building skills, and must conform to professional ethics. The School of Social Work faculty evaluates whether students meet these criteria and may advise a student at any point to continue in the B.S.W. major or consider another major.
  2. For transfer students, 15 semester credit hours may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Social Work Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Social Work degree at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

    SOWK 1350Introduction to Social Work3
    TCCN: SOCW 2361
    SOWK 2375Social Services in the Community3
    TCCN: SOCW 2362
    Sociology Elective3
    TCCN: SOCI 1306
    Social Work Elective3
    TCCN: SOCW 2389 Academic Cooperative
    MATH 2328Elementary Statistics3
    or PSY 2301 Introduction to Statistics
    TCCN: MATH 1342 or PSYC 2317
    Total Hours15
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  4. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  5. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

Phase I: Entry Level Social Work Courses and Specified General Education Core Curriculum Courses

Any student may declare a Social Work major and may enroll in SOWK 1350, SOWK 2375, as well as SOWK elective courses. Social work students should complete most of the following general education core curriculum and liberal arts courses before applying to Phase II of the Social Work major. They must complete at least 45 credit hours, including the following:

Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 13
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 13
COMM 1310Fundamentals of Human Communication (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
ENG 1310College Writing I (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 1320College Writing II (Communication Component Code 010)3
ENG 3303Technical Writing3
or ENG 3304 Professional Writing
HIST 1310History of the United States to 1877 (American History Component Code 060) 33
or HIST 2327 History of Mexican America to 1865
or HIST 2381 African American History to 1877
HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date (American History Component Code 060) 33
or HIST 2328 History of Mexican America from 1865
or HIST 2382 African American History from 1877
MATH 1315College Algebra (Mathematics Component Code 020) 23
or MATH 1316 Survey of Contemporary Mathematics
PHIL 1305Philosophy and Critical Thinking (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040)3
or PHIL 1320 Ethics and Society
SOWK 1350Introduction to Social Work3
SOWK 2375Social Services in the Community3
US 1100University Seminar (if required)1
Total Hours37

A minimum 2.50 overall GPA (at the time that final grades post during the semester within which applications are received) is required for the application for Phase II to be fully considered. Students interested in Social Work must contact the College of Applied Arts Academic Advising Center for advisement.

Phase II: Social Work Major

Students submit a formal application for admission to Phase II. Application materials are due to the School of Social Work office by 5:00 p.m. on the third Monday of November for spring admission to the major or the third Monday in April for fall admission to the major. An Admissions Committee screens applicants, considering academic record and suitability for social work practice, and informs applicants in writing of their decision to admit to full major status, conditionally admit to full major status, or deny admission to full major status. Students admitted to Phase II must attend a mandatory orientation to the major prior to beginning Phase II of the degree program. Information regarding the orientation is provided in the written notification of admission to Phase II of the major. When students are admitted to Phase II, they are eligible to register for the first semester of full major courses. 

Admission into Phase II does not guarantee permission to remain in the degree program, nor does it guarantee advancement to Phase III of the major which is Field Placement. Social Work faculty will continuously assess a student’s progress. To be retained, the student must maintain the required minimum Texas State GPA of 2.50. Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in each social work course and each supportive course. The School of Social Work outlines academic progress and advancement to graduation requirement, including policies on retaking major courses and sequencing in the Student Handbook. To remain in Phase II, students must agree to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics, and demonstrate emotional and behavioral stability, competent communication skills, effective interpersonal relationship skills, and high levels of self-awareness.

Phase III: Field Placement

Students who have completed all required courses for the BSW, excluding SOWK 4374 and SOWK 4975, demonstrate emotional and behavioral stability, and who have met all the requirements noted above may apply for field placement. Students apply for field placement with the School of Social Work's Field Office. Students must take the Phase II Competency Exam and meet all Field Office requirements prior to full advancement into Phase III Field Placement. BSW students complete one block internship with 420 contact hours in a field placement in one semester. 

The School prefers that students take SOWK 4374 and SOWK 4975 during the same semester, which requires that the student limit his/her enrollment that semester to field placement, totaling 12 hours. Under exceptional circumstances, students may request permission from the Field Coordinator to take SOWK 4374 and SOWK 4975 over two consecutive semesters (6 hours each semester).

Comprehensive Exam

To be eligible for graduation a student must complete all degree requirements, pass the Phase II Comprehensive Exam with a grade of 70%, and must have a minimum Texas State GPA of 2.50 with a GPA of 2.75 in social work and supportive courses. Students seeking either a dual degree or a second bachelors’ degree in Social Work will need to complete all requirements for the B.S.W. degree. Similarly, to be eligible for graduation a student must complete all degree requirements and must have a minimum Texas State GPA of 2.50 with a GPA of 2.75 in social work and supportive courses.

Course Requirements

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1302])13
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])13PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])13
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])13PSY 1300 (Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 [TCCN PSYC 2301])3
MATH 1315, 1316, or 1319 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 1314])13Creative Arts Component Code 0503
Government/Political Science Component Code 0703Government/Political Science Component Code 0703
SOWK 1350 (TCCN SOCW 2361)13 
 16 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
American History Component Code 06013American History Component Code 06013
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 03013Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 03013
Component Area Option Codes 090, 091, 092, 093 and 0943ENG 3303 or 330413
SOWK 2375 (TCCN SOCW 2362)1, 23CJ 3347, SOCI 3307, PSY 2301, HP 3302, or HP 33253
Interdisciplinary Electives43Interdisciplinary Electives43
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Interdisciplinary Electives43SOWK Electives33
SOWK 34204SOWK 34254
SOWK 33053SOWK 43053
SOWK 43103SOWK 43553
SOWK Electives33SOWK 33123
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
SOWK 44254SOWK 43743
SOWK 43563SOWK 49759
SOWK 33403 
Interdisciplinary Electives45 
 15 12
Total Hours: 120