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Degrees

Applicability of Certain Courses

No more than thirty-six semester hours in any one subject other than social work may be counted toward the Bachelor of Social Work degree. No more than fifty-four semester hours of social work may be counted toward the degree.

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity courses (PED) are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. Six semester hours of this coursework may be counted toward the Bachelor of Social Work degree. All physical activity courses are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the grade point average.

ROTC Courses

No more than six semester hours of credit for air force science, military science, or naval science courses may be counted toward the Bachelor of Social Work. Such credit may be used only as lower-division electives in degree programs that have room for such electives and only by students who have completed the third and fourth years of the ROTC program.

Correspondence and Extension Courses

Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree in the School of Social Work unless specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for the Bachelor of Social Work may be taken by correspondence. For more information, consult the BSW program director.

Courses Taken on the Pass/Fail Basis

Undergraduate students who have received at least thirty semester hours of college credit may take no more than five one-semester courses in elective subjects outside their major area on the pass/fail basis. Students must state their intention to register on this basis by the deadline given in the official academic calendar; they may not change the basis of registration in a course more than once; and they may not take more than two courses a semester on this basis.

Other Courses

Music 101G may not be counted toward any degree in the School of Social Work. Other introductory courses, such as Music 201J, 201M, and 201N, may be counted toward degrees in the school.

No more than six semester hours of Bible courses may be counted toward the Bachelor of Social Work degree.

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The Minor

Plans for a minor in psychology, sociology, or another approved area may be developed with advising assistance from the Academic Affairs Office. A minor requires completion of at least twelve semester hours, six of which must be upper-division.

Bachelor of Social Work

The requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work degree are designed to give the student an opportunity for integrated, nonrepetitive learning. A total of 125 semester hours is required. These may include credit by examination and a maximum of five one-semester elective courses taken on the pass/fail basis. All students must complete the requirements for the major and must complete at least sixty semester hours in residence at the University. These sixty hours must include at least twenty-four semester hours in the major subject. A completed degree program must include at least forty-six semester hours of upper-division coursework, of which twenty-four semester hours must have been taken in residence. No more than fifty-four semester hours in social work may be counted toward the degree.

Each student must complete a sequence of prescribed work; major requirements, which include the field practicum; and special requirements, which include electives.

Prescribed Work

The prescribed work is divided into four areas that provide the liberal arts base for the social work curriculum. Interdepartmental courses and credit by examination may be used to meet these requirements. Unless otherwise indicated, a course taken to meet the requirements of one area may not also be used to fulfill the requirements of another area; however, a single course may be used, unless otherwise indicated, to fulfill both an area requirement and a major requirement. No course used to fulfill area or major requirements, other than the field practicum, may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

Area A

English composition and literature, and writing: Rhetoric and Writing 306 and English 316K; and a three-semester-hour course that emphasizes written communication. The third course must be certified as having a substantial writing component.

In addition, the student must complete two courses certified as having a substantial writing component. (These courses are identified in the Course Schedule; two of the required courses in social work generally contain a substantial writing component.) One of these courses must be upper-division. Courses used to fulfill the writing requirement may be used to fulfill other area requirements or major requirements.

Foreign language: Students must complete two semesters of college coursework in a single foreign language. Coursework in American Sign Language may be used to fulfill this requirement. Credit by examination may be used to fulfill all or part of this requirement. Coursework taken on the pass/fail basis may not be used to fulfill this requirement, but credit by examination earned on the pass/fail basis may be used. Courses used toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement must be language courses; literature-in-translation courses, for example, may not be used.

If a student did not complete two high school units in a single foreign language, the first two semesters of coursework may not be counted toward the 125 semester hours required for the Bachelor of Social Work. However, they may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Area B

Twenty-four semester hours, distributed among at least five of the fields of study listed below. None of these courses may be taken on the pass/fail basis.

  1. Six hours in each of the following fields of study:
    1. American government, including Texas government
    2. American history
  2. Twelve hours, including coursework in three of the following fields of study:
    1. Anthropology
    2. Economics [1]
    3. Geography
    4. Linguistics
    5. Psychology or human development and family sciences [2]
    6. Sociology [2]

Area C

Mathematics: Three semester hours of mathematics other than Mathematics 301, 316K, and 316L. Algebra courses at the level of Mathematics 301 or the equivalent may not be counted toward the Area C requirement or toward the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who enter the University with fewer than three units of high school mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher must take Mathematics 301 without degree credit to remove their deficiency.

Natural sciences: Nine additional semester hours, chosen from the fields listed below, with at least six semester hours in one subject. These nine semester hours may include no more than three semester hours of mathematics and no more than three semester hours of computer sciences. In addition to courses in the following fields, Nutrition 311 may be counted toward the Area C requirement. Students, counselors, and advisers are urged to make careful selection of Area C courses in order to develop a meaningful pattern and a coherent sequence.

A course listed in two or more fields of study may be used as a course in only one field of study in fulfilling requirements under Area C.

  1. Astronomy
  2. Biology [3]
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer sciences
  5. Geological sciences
  6. Marine science
  7. Mathematics
  8. Physical science
  9. Physics

Area D

Six semester hours from the fields of study listed below. Three of these six hours must include content in cultural diversity. A student who uses Greek or Latin to meet the foreign language requirement may use additional coursework in the same language to meet the Area D requirement, but only upper-division courses may be used.

  1. Architecture
  2. Classics, including classical civilization, Greek, and Latin
  3. Fine arts, including art history, design, ensemble, fine arts, instruments, music, studio art, theatre and dance, and visual art studies
  4. Philosophy
  5. Approved interdisciplinary courses in such fields as African and African American studies, American studies, Asian American studies, Asian studies, Mexican American studies, and women's and gender studies.
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Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Social Work program offers basic courses designed to provide students with concentrated and in-depth educational experience combining social work knowledge and practice skills. No course used to fulfill major requirements, except Social Work 640 and 641, may be taken on the pass/fail basis. Students will be advised to take all lower-division courses in Areas A, B, C, and D and all lower-division major requirements before taking upper- division courses. In developing their degree plans, students must also pay careful attention to the sequencing of social work courses to ensure that prerequisite requirements are met.

Academic credit cannot be granted for life experience or previous work experience, and such experience cannot be substituted for any of the courses in the professional foundation areas or the field practicum. Students who believe they have the qualifications to receive credit by examination for a social work course other than the practice sequence coursework (Social Work 312, 332, 333, and 334) and the field practicum may submit a written request to the BSW program director. The director will review the request and determine whether or not the student should be permitted to take the examination.

  1. The following courses are required:
    1. Social welfare policy: Social Work 310, 323K.
    2. Research: Social Work 313, 318.
    3. Human behavior: Social Work 325, 327.
    4. Practice: Social Work 312, 332, 333, 334.
    5. Field practicum: Social Work 640, 641, 444.
  2. Students must complete a three-semester-hour introductory course in psychology.
  3. Students must complete a three-semester-hour introductory course in sociology.
  4. Students must complete a three-semester-hour course in child development or child psychology.
  5. Students must complete a three-semester-hour course in human/environmental biology: Biology 301M, 309D, 309F, or the equivalent.
  6. Students must complete three semester hours in economics.
  7. Students must complete at least nine semester hours of upper-division coursework in the social and behavioral sciences (anthropology, economics, educational psychology, government, history, psychology, and sociology) in addition to other major requirements. Six of these nine hours may be upper-division social work electives.

Field Sequence Requirements

The social work program requires that students complete 45 clock hours of supervised volunteer experience related to social work to be admitted to the major, to upper-division courses in social work, and to the field practicum. These volunteer hours may be used to meet course requirements in Social Work 312. Students must also complete 480 clock hours of fieldwork as part of the course requirements in Social Work 640 and 641. Students have the opportunity in the field practicum to develop the professional skills needed for entry-level social work positions as generalist practitioners. Adequate laboratory time through the field practicum is built into this professional program to provide students with an opportunity to test their developing skills in a real-life environment. At the same time, faculty members evaluate the student's professional development within the context of the educational objectives established for the experience. The goals are for the student to learn real-life practice, to develop skills, to relate concepts to skill development, to remain motivated to continue to learn, and to evaluate personal performance.

To enroll in the field practicum, students must meet the following requirements: (1) admission to the major in social work; (2) a University grade point average of at least 2.00; (3) completion of all other degree requirements; and (4) both a grade point average of at least 2.50 for the following group of courses and a grade of at least C in each course in the group: Social Work 310, 312, 313, 318, 323K, 325, 327, 332, 333, and 334.

Following the student's admission to the field practicum, his or her work is reviewed periodically by the student, the field faculty, and the agency supervisor. Should the student have trouble meeting the professional or academic requirements of the program, the review process will bring the difficulty to the student's attention and assist the student in seeking appropriate resolution. The student may make use of counseling and advising services at any time. If difficulties cannot be resolved, the field director may conduct an administrative review, which may result in a decision to terminate the student's field placement. The student is notified of this decision in writing.

All social work students enrolling in the field practicum are required to show evidence of professional liability insurance coverage paid for the duration of the course. The effective date of the policy must be on or before the first regular class period of the field practicum course for which the student is enrolling. Failure to provide evidence of insurance may result in the student being dropped from the field practicum.

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Special Requirements

Elective Requirements and Limitations

In addition to the area and major requirements given above, the student must take elective coursework to complete the 125 semester hours required for the Bachelor of Social Work. No more than five one-semester courses taken on the pass/fail basis, thirty-six hours in any one subject other than social work, and fifty-four hours in social work may be counted toward the 125-hour requirement.

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

  1. The student must fulfill the University-wide graduation requirements given on in chapter 1 and the requirements of the School of Social Work given in this chapter.
  2. To apply for admission to the social work major, a student must have earned a grade of at least C in each of the following courses: Social Work 310, 312, 313, and 318. The student must also have a University grade point average of at least 2.00 and a grade point average of at least 2.50 in all the courses he or she has completed that are part of the social work major requirements. Additional requirements are given in the section "Admission to the Major in Social Work."
  3. Following the student's admission to the major, the student's coursework is reviewed periodically by the student and the faculty adviser. Students must maintain a University grade point average of at least 2.00; they must also earn a grade of at least C in each course listed as a social work major requirement and must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.50 in these courses. If the student has trouble meeting the professional or academic requirements of the major, the review process delineated in Student Standards for Social Work Education will bring the difficulty to the student's attention and assist the student in making appropriate resolution. The student may make use of counseling and advising services at any time.
  4. If the student's grade point average in social work courses falls below 2.50, the student is placed on academic probation in social work. If the grade point average remains below 2.50 for two consecutive semesters, including the summer session, the student is subject to academic dismissal from the School of Social Work.
  5. All students who seek to reenter the School of Social Work after having been placed on enforced withdrawal or academic dismissal must have the approval of the dean.
  6. Any student who has a grade of C or higher in a course may not repeat the course and use the second grade to improve his or her grade point average without special permission of the dean. If a student repeats a course, all grades received for the course are included in the grade point average.
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Order and Choice of Work

A pre–social work major may fulfill the requirements for application to the major in four or five long-session semesters, depending on the number of hours completed each semester. After admission to the major, students complete a three-semester professional sequence and additional requirements needed for the BSW degree.

Suggested Schedule for Pre–Social Work Majors

First Year
  • Thirty-one semester hours:
    • Biology 301M, Ecology, Evolution, and Society
    • Foreign language 506 and 507, or an equivalent sequence; or American Sign Language 506 and 507
    • Psychology 301, Introduction to Psychology
    • Rhetoric and Writing 306, Rhetoric and Writing
    • Sociology 302, Introduction to the Study of Society
  • A three-hour fine arts/humanities course with a focus on cultural diversity, to be counted toward the Area D requirement
  • A three-hour mathematics course to be counted toward the Area C requirement
  • A three-hour elective course
Second Year
  • Thirty semester hours:
    • English 316K, Masterworks of Literature
    • Psychology 304, Introduction to Child Psychology, or Human Development and Family Sciences 313, Child Development
    • Social Work 310, Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
    • Social Work 312, Generalist Social Work Practice: Knowledge, Values, and Skills
    • Social Work 313, Social Work Research Methods
    • Social Work 318, Social Work Statistics
  • Six hours of American government, including Texas government
  • Six hours of American history

Suggested Schedule for Social Work Majors

Third Year
  • Thirty-three semester hours:
    • Social Work 325, Foundations of Social Justice
    • Social Work 327, Human Behavior and Social Environment
    • Social Work 334, Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities
  • A three-hour economics course
  • A three-hour fine arts/humanities course to be counted toward the Area D requirement
  • A three-hour course with a substantial writing component to be counted toward the Area A requirement
  • Six hours of coursework in science to be counted toward the Area C requirement
  • Six hours of upper-division social and behavioral science coursework
  • A three-hour upper-division elective course
  • The student must also take any remaining courses needed to fulfill the Area A, B, C, and D requirements, since this coursework is prerequisite to the field practicum.
Fourth Year
  • Thirty-one semester hours:
    • Social Work 323K, Social Welfare Programs, Policies, and Issues
    • Social Work 332, Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
    • Social Work 333, Social Work Practice with Groups
    • Social Work 640, Social Work Practicum I
    • Social Work 641, Social Work Practicum II
    • Social Work 444, Integrative Seminar
  • Three hours of upper-division coursework in social and behavioral science
  • A three-hour elective course

The student must also complete all other remaining required coursework before the field practicum, including electives needed to provide the total of 125 semester hours required for the degree. No other courses may be taken concurrently with the field practicum courses.

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