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

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. This major requires 54 hours in Social Work and 9 hours in supportive Social Sciences, and it builds on liberal arts and the general education core curriculum. The Social Work curriculum is based on and interwoven with the liberal arts/general education core curriculum consisting of 54 semester credit hours. Students progress in three phases of the Social Work major, without regard to disability. A social worker must be emotionally and mentally 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 evaluate 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. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  4. If two years of the same modern language are taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree.In the absence of modern language taken in high school, then two semesters of the same modern language (1410 and 1420) must be taken at the college level, and the requirement will be added to the student's degree audit.
  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 majors 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 Coponent 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
HIST 1310History of the United States to 1877 (American History Component Code 060)3
HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date (American History Component Code 060)3
MATH 1315College Algebra (Mathematics Component Code 020)3
or MATH 1319 Mathematics for Business and Economics I
PHIL 1305Philosophy and Critical Thinking (Language, Philosophy & 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 Hours34

Applicants must have a minimum 2.50 overall GPA and a minimum 2.75 GPA in SOWK courses and supportive courses (Biostatistics, ENG 3303 or ENG 3304, and PSY 3322) to apply for Phase II. 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 second Monday of November for spring admission to the major or the second Monday in April for fall admission to the major. An admission 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 will be provided in the written notification of admission to Phase II of the major. When students are admitted to Phase II, their formal academic major is converted from Pre-Social Work to Social Work.

Admission into Phase II does not guarantee permission to remain in the degree program. 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 the academic progress and advancement to graduation in relation to retaking major sequence coursework in the student handbook. To remain in Phase II, students must also agree to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and must demonstrate emotional and mental stability, competent communication skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and high levels of self-awareness.

Phase III: Field Placement

Students who have completed all required courses for the B.S.W., excluding SOWK 4645 and SOWK 4650 (Field Placement), 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.

The School prefers that students take SOWK 4645 and SOWK 4650 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 4645 and SOWK 4650 over two consecutive semesters (6 hours each semester).

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. 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 totaling 54 hours for the major, to include 12 hours in field internship, 14 hours in modern languages, 9 hours in supportive courses and the required biology curriculum. 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

COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)13
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)13
ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)13
US 11001
HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)13
MATH 1315 or 1319 (Mathematics Component Code 020)13
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)13
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
PSY 1300 (Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080)3
SOWK 135013
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
HP 33023
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)13
Interdisciplinary Electives49
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
SOWK 23751,23
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
SOWK Electives36
SOWK 33053
SOWK 33403
SOWK 34204
SOWK 34254
SOWK 43103
SOWK 43553
SOWK 33123
ENG 3303 or 33043
Interdisciplinary Electives45
SOWK 43053
SOWK 43563
SOWK 44254
SOWK 46456
SOWK 46506
Total Hours: 120