Bachelor of Social Work

Social Work is a professional degree program in which courses are sequenced and built upon the successful completion of prerequisites. Eligibility to take some courses is based on formal admission to the Social Work major, which requires meeting requirements over and above those required for admission to the University.

Negotiating the Social Work program requirements for an on-time graduation is a complex process that is best done with the help of an academic advisor. Please contact the Social Work Department for an appointment with one of our advisors as soon as you enter the University to map out a plan of study.

Students are also strongly encouraged to consult the Bachelor of Social Work Student Program Handbook for information and policies about the program.

The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Nondiscrimination Policy

All social work majors must apply for acceptance into the BSW major--this is in addition to the process which admits students to A&M-Central Texas. No person shall be discriminated against for reasons of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, (dis)ability, citizenship, veteran status, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation. The BSW Program is committed to having a diverse student population.

Acceptance to the Major

Students will be admitted into the Social Work major by the faculty once the application criteria are met. To be accepted into the BSW Program, students must:

  • Complete the three Foundation Level sequence courses;
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Have a "C" or better in all social work courses;
  • Attend the New Social Work Student Orientation (held the first Friday of every semester), at which time they receive and review the BSW Program Student Handbook and appropriate forms for completion;
  • Demonstrate the ability to attain high academic and professional standards as outlined in the BSW Program Student Handbook, which includes:
    • having scores of 3 or higher on the Rubric for Assessing Professional Behaviors (RAPB--see Appendix E) or demonstrating the ability to attain scores of 3 or higher throughout the program;
    • being willing to discuss with faculty any legal or other concerns that may impede a student's successful placement at a field agency (such as a legal or criminal background) and, if necessary, complete a Corrective Action Agreement (see the BSW Program Field Instruction Manual for more information on field admission procedures).

Once students demonstrate eligibility to apply to the major, they compile all components for submission as outlined in the application procedures. The BSW Program Student Handbook, located on the Social Work website, is a good information resource. Students have the ability to work with the Social Work Program's administrative assistant to ensure all documents are submitted appropriately.

Following submission of the application, all faculty members review the application for eligibility.  Once each faculty member reviews the application, they have the option to provide one of three recommendations:

  1. Admit Unconditionally,

  2. Interview Needed, or

  3. Deny Admission.

The category of Admit Unconditionally grants students immediate admission to the program without conditions, as all criteria have been met.

The Interview Needed designation is indicated when:

  • Students have had a previous criminal background;
  • Students have undergone mental health hospitalization;
  • Students have participated in substance abuse treatment;
  • Students have scored below 3 (average) on the Rubric for Assessing Professional Behaviors;
  • Concerns have been raised based on the Program’s Code of Conduct; or
  • Concerns have been identified regarding the information provided in the student’s narrative essay in the application.

The faculty members conduct interviews with students in order to make a determination regarding program admission.

NOTE: The applicant is considered on the basis of academic performance and commitment to and suitability for generalist social work practice. Emotional and professional readiness are prerequisites for successful completion of the program. These include demonstrated emotional maturity and self-awareness in areas such as the ability to effectively manage current life stressors, the ability to reflect on personal strengths and areas for growth/development, and the willingness to receive feedback and supervision in a positive manner throughout enrollment in the program.

Students must also demonstrate professional behaviors and characteristics, including but not limited to:

  • Fitting well within the social work profession and the generalist framework for undergraduate social work education;

  • Upholding ethical principles as defined by the NASW Code of Ethics, Texas social work licensing criteria, the A&M-Central Texas BSW Program Code of Conduct, A&M-Central Texas student rights and responsibilities delineated in the University Student Handbook;

  • Advocating for themselves and others in a professional manner;

  • Using proper channels for conflict resolution;

  • Demonstrating respect for the confidentiality and rights of others;

  • Demonstrating accountability in turning in assignments on time and maintaining a good attendance record in classes.

The Rubric for Assessing Professional Behaviors

Professional behaviors are expected of students while in the BSW Program. In addition to the professional behaviors listed in the previous section, a rubric for evaluating student professional behaviors is used by the program.

The BSW Program adopted the RAPB to facilitate students’ understanding of the behavioral expectations throughout the program, as well as to provide a method to objectively define and assess performance. Understanding that people generally are not terminated from jobs for skill but for behavior, the BSW Program strives to help students be successful in all domains that would lead to successful employment. In this regard, the RAPB is designed to provide feedback by observing 15 behavioral indicators. Examples of these indicators include attendance, punctuality, respect, collegiality, communication, initiative, and responsiveness to feedback (see Appendix E for the full RAPB). The RAPB is also used to support the program's gatekeeping function by aiming to ensure a student's overall readiness and appropriateness for the profession. A copy of the RAPB may be found in the BSW Program Student Handbook.

General Education Requirements 1
ENGL 1301Composition I3
ENGL 1302Composition II3
Select three hours in Mathematics3
Natural Sciences-030:
Select six hours of Natural Sciences6
Select three hours in Humanities3
Visual and Performing Art-050:
Select three hours of Visual and Performing Arts3
U.S. History-060:
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
Political Science-070:
GOVT 2305Federal Government3
GOVT 2306Texas Government3
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080:
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
University Option-090:
SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology3
Select one of the following
SPCH 1311Introduction to Speech Communication3
or SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
or SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication
or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication
Required Social Work Courses in the Major
SOWK 3301Methods and Skills of Social Work3
SOWK 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOWK 4300Social Welfare Policy3
SOWK 3302Social Welfare in the United States3
SOWK 3300Introduction to Social Work3
SOWK 4320Social Work Research Statistics3
SOWK 4321Writing for Social Work Research3
SOWK 3311Social Work Practice I3
SOWK 3304Human Behavior and Social Environment I3
SOWK 3305Biological Foundations of Social Work Practice3
SOWK 3310Human Behavior and Social Environment II3
SOWK 4324Social Work Practice II3
SOWK 4301Social Work and Mental Health3
SOWK 4684Social Work Field Placement I6
SOWK 4685Social Work Field Placement II6
Any Level Social Work, Sociology, or Criminal Justice Electives
Any level SOCI, SOWK, or CRIJ electives9
Any level electives
Any level electives9
Advanced Social Work Electives
Upper level Social Work electives9
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Refer to General Education Core Requirements for more information.

Course Information and Schedule

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Social Work Code of Ethics. All social work courses contain content in the social work values, philosophy, and ethical conduct.

  2. Espouse a worldview that embraces the strengths of cultural and ethnic diversity.

  3. Apply knowledge of the social, political, and economic forces denying justice to oppressed individuals and groups.

  4. Apply the methods and approaches of generalist perspective to interventions with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities.

  5. Apply knowledge of the bio-psycho-social-spiritual variables that influence development and behavior in the application of theoretical models for understanding the person/environment interactions.

  6. Demonstrate skill in evaluating research and utilizing findings to enhance practice competencies.

  7. Effectively use technology relevant to the field of social work, such as presentation software, videotaping, and statistical software.

  8. Know the kinds of agencies and organizations that hire social workers to handle a variety of types of psychosocial problems.

  9. Comprehend the wide variety of community programs and resources that exist to assist clients with a variety of types of needs, from basic food, housing, and medical care, to more complex needs for counseling, case management, educational services, and long-term care. Know the difference between programs functioning within state, non-profit, and for-profit venues.

  10. Understand about the historical development that led to the current array of social services in local communities, states, and the nation.