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. Majors 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 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 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)3
HIST 1320History of the United States, 1877 to Date (American History Component Code 060)3
MATH 1315College Algebra (Mathematics Component Code 020) 23
or MATH 1316 Survey of Contemporary Mathematics
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 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 B.S.W., excluding SOWK 4645 and SOWK 4650 (Field Placement), 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 pass a Phase II Competency Exam and meet all Field Office requirements prior to full advancement into Phase III Field Placement.

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. 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

FreshmanHours
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, 1316, 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 1350 (Introduction to Social Work)13
 28
SophomoreHours
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
ENG 3303 or 3304 (Technical Writing or Professional Writing)3
HP 3302, 3325, CJ 3347, PSY 2301, or SOCI 3307 (Statistics)53
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)13
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
SOWK 2375 (Social Services in the Community)1,23
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
Interdisciplinary Electives49
 36
JuniorHours
SOWK 3420 (Social Work Practice I)4
SOWK 3305 (Human Behavior and Social Environment I)3
SOWK 4310 (Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work)3
SOWK 3425 (Social Work Practice II)4
SOWK 4305 (Human Behavior and Social Environment II)3
SOWK 4355 (Policy Practice)3
SOWK 3312 (Alcoholism and Chemical Dependence)3
SOWK Electives36
 29
SeniorHours
SOWK 3340 (Social Work Research)3
SOWK 4356 (Professionalism in Social Work)3
SOWK 4425 (Social Work Practice III)4
Interdisciplinary Electives45
SOWK 4645 (Beginning Field Practice in Social Work)6
SOWK 4650 (Advanced Field Practice in Social Work)6
 27
Total Hours: 120