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The School of Social Work's Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) degree combines a liberal arts education with social work classes to prepare students for a unique profession devoted to helping people. Social work students serve individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities by improving the way they function within their environment. Students also work to create social change in the larger world community. Our curriculum offers students hands-on experience in different real-world social work settings. Graduates go on to careers in public and non-profit agencies, private businesses, hospitals, schools, nursing homes, police departments, courts, and in private practice.

Declare This Major

Current UT undergraduates interested in declaring a social work major, must first transfer to the School of Social Work as a pre-social work major. Pre-majors and majors are two classifications of social work students, with pre-majors taking the lower division course sequence. Interested students must:

  • Complete at least 12 hours of coursework in residence (at UT Austin)
  • Have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Achieve at least a C and a 2.5 GPA in social work courses completed (if any).

For more information, visit the Social Work Admissions page. Students with over 90 semester hours completed or a completed degree are encouraged to consider pursuing a masters in social work instead.

Pre-social work majors must complete certain pre-requisite courses before applying for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work upper division course sequence ("the major"). For internal transfers, students must spend at least one semester as a pre-major before they can apply to the major. Visit the admission to the Social Work major page to learn more about the process.

Interested students are highly encouraged to speak with an academic advisor to go over the application process and degree plan.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View social work degree requirements to learn about required courses. Students may also view course descriptions of current social work courses, look through the major's academic resources and handbooks, and learn about the field practicum.


The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree at the University of Texas at Austin prepares generalist professional social work practitioners. While there is some room to pick classes based on particular interest areas at the BSW level, most specialization occurs on the Master's level when students may pick between the Clinical Social Work concentration or the Administration and Policy Practice (APP) concentration.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Social work students are rumored to be the most passionate students on the UT Austin campus. Typical social work students are eager to learn, are committed to improving the greater community, have a wide variety of interests, and are passionate about social justice and human well-being.


  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Passionate about the well-being of humans
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership abilities