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|Requirements for Admission to the University|
|Requirements for Admission to the School of Social Work|
|Admission to the School of Social Work as a Pre - Social Work Major|
|Admission to the Major in Social Work|
|Academic Policies and Procedures|
|Career Choice Information|
|Graduation with University Honors|
|Special Requirements of the School|
of Social Work
|Applying for a Degree|
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|Courses Taken on the Pass/Fail Basis|
|Bachelor of Social Work|
|Order and Choice of Work|
Barbara W. White
Dorothy Van Soest
The Bachelor of Social Work program was accredited by the Council of Social Work Education in 1975; the first graduate received the degree in December, 1977. Since that time, the program has been strengthened by curriculum modifications reflecting changes in the profession and in society that have implications for beginning social work practice. Since the program was established, more than one thousand students have received BSW degrees.
The School of Social Work also offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Social Work and the Doctor of Philosophy. These are described in The Graduate Catalog.
The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is to prepare students as beginning-level generalist professional social work practitioners who are committed to the provision of services that further the well-being of people and who promote social and economic justice. Building on a broad liberal arts framework, the BSW curriculum is designed to develop generalist practitioners who have an understanding of social work knowledge and values and are able to select methods and resources to meet identified client needs, while recognizing and engaging the strengths of the client in the process. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn to promote, restore, maintain, and enhance the social functioning of multiple levels of systems in the environment, including individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities; to recognize worker and client limitations; and to know when to refer clients to other resources.
The BSW student is given the opportunity to learn to work collaboratively in a variety of settings using an ecosystems/developmental perspective; to recognize the relationships between client needs and public issues; to work toward the development of social policies, resources, and programs that meet basic human needs and empower at-risk groups; and to be sensitive to the diversities among individuals, including ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. The program is intended to prepare reflective, self-evaluating practitioners who have a strong identification with the social work profession and work to alleviate poverty, oppression, and discrimination.
Graduates of the program are expected to be able to enhance the problem-solving, coping, and developmental capacities of individuals, especially those from at-risk populations. They also are expected to contribute to the effective and humane operation of the systems within the environment that provide individuals with resources, services, and opportunities; to link individuals in need with the appropriate systems; and to contribute to the development and improvement of social policies that have an impact on people and their social environments, especially by empowering at-risk groups and by promoting social and economic justice.
The BSW program is integrated with and builds upon a liberal arts base that includes knowledge in language arts, the humanities, and the social, behavioral, and natural sciences. The program includes content in social work values, diversity and at-risk populations, social and economic justice, human behavior and the social environment, research, social welfare policy and services, and social work intervention.
The Charles W. Laughton Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship Award was established in October, 1975, with major assistance from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the Social Work Foundation Advisory Council, and alumni of the School of Social Work. The award provides recognition to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. Students are nominated on the basis of academic excellence and potential contribution to the field. The award, in recognition of excellence, is not made unless there is a candidate who merits it.
The Lora Lee Pederson Scholarship Fund was established in 1963 by the Alumni Association of the School of Social Work in honor of the first director of the school. The income from the endowment fund is used for scholarships or small grants to cover emergency situations of students or special needs of the school. In any given year there may be no award winner.
The Victor and Myra Ravel Scholarship in Children's Rights was endowed in 1989 by Mr. and Mrs. Victor Ravel of Austin and the University Regents' Endowed Student Fellowship and Scholarship Program. The endowment is administered through the Austin Community Foundation; the income is used for scholarships to social work students interested in children's rights or child advocacy. Students are nominated on the basis of academic excellence and potential contribution to professional social work in the area of child advocacy.
The Sylvia Shapiro Scholarship was established in 1985 by Sidney S. Smith of Austin, in memory of his cousin, Sylvia Shapiro. Students are nominated on the basis of academic excellence, need, and potential contribution to professional social work with emphasis on work with the frail elderly.
The George K. Herbert Endowed Scholarship was endowed in 1989 through gifts from colleagues, alumni, the Wolens Foundation, Tenneco, Inc., the Social Work Foundation Advisory Council, the University Regents' Endowed Student Fellowship and Scholarship Program, and others in recognition of Professor Herbert's dedication to high standards of professional service and contributions to social work education. Undergraduates are nominated on the basis of academic excellence and potential contribution to professional social work.
Other scholarships. Additional scholarships funded by contributions to the School of Social Work are awarded to undergraduate social work majors each year. Students are nominated on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, and potential contribution to professional social work.
Professional social workers may seek employment in a number of areas. The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation has established quality control standards that mandate the hiring of holders of BSW degrees in designated positions. The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services hires social workers for its child protective services programs, and the Texas Department of Human Services hires BSW graduates for its client support services programs. Large nursing home facilities are also now required to have a social work staff. Substance abuse treatment programs, psychiatric hospitals, health care programs, school social work and dropout prevention programs, criminal justice programs, and programs for the elderly also employ social workers. More than a third of the program's graduates go on to graduate schools throughout the country.
As a complement to the assistance available from the school, the University Career Center, located in Jester Center, provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for the job search or for graduate study.
The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.
Council activities include orientations to the BSW and MSSW programs, a career night, forums with guest speakers from community agencies and the University, community service projects, special interest groups that meet to discuss social work - related topics, and social gatherings. Members of the council represent student concerns as voting members of the school's curriculum committees, the Cabinet of College Councils, and the Student Government.
The professional practice of social work requires people who are above average in academic ability and performance, sufficiently emotionally mature to assume a helping role with people under stress, and committed to the ethical standards and performance demands of social work practice. Students are encouraged to use the advising services in the School of Social Work early in their college careers in anticipation of meeting requirements for admission to the major. A student who is interested in seeking a social work degree must discuss his or her intentions with a social work adviser before applying for admission to the program.
The School of Social Work considers students for admission to the major once a year during the spring semester. A student who enters the University as a freshman in a fall semester will usually apply for admission to the professional curriculum in the spring semester of his or her sophomore year. Students who are able to meet the admission requirements earlier or later than the spring semester of the sophomore year should consult a social work adviser. Admission applications are available from the Academic Programs and Student Services Office. Applications to the BSW program must be submitted by February 1 for the student to be considered for admission to the program for the following fall semester. The application allows the student to outline his or her background and motivation to enter the social work profession as well as any special experiences that enhance his or her application.
The School of Social Work limits admission to the major to the number of students to whom a professional education of high quality can be provided. Because of enrollment restrictions dictated by the availability of faculty members and facilities, some applicants may be denied admission even though they meet the following minimum requirements.
Although the Office of Admissions may grant the student a certain number of semester hours of University credit for work completed in another social work program, the BSW program coordinator in the School of Social Work determines whether this coursework may be counted toward fulfillment of the Bachelor of Social Work degree requirements. Students who wish to use transfer credit to meet degree requirements should submit a course syllabus, assignments, and the titles and names of authors of textbooks to the BSW program coordinator for evaluation.
Students may also seek transfer credit for coursework they complete at another institution after enrolling at the University. In this case also the student should submit a transcript from the other institution to the Office of Admissions and a syllabus, course assignments, and information about textbooks to the School of Social Work BSW program coordinator.
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