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  • Introduction

    Bachelor of Social Work

    Angelo State University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is designed to prepare students to be generalist social work practitioners in a variety of areas, including but not limited to:

    • Child, adolescent and family services
    • Health/mental health services
    • Criminal justice/corrections facilities
    • Gerontology/aging facilities
    • Social service organizations

    The program emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between people and the environment. Our faculty members have social work expertise across all levels (micro, mezzo and macro) of practice and specialize in the areas listed above.

    About Social Work

    Social workers seek to promote social and economic justice and to improve the functioning of the varied populations they serve. Social work practitioners support individual self-determination and respect the dignity and worth of all people, regardless of their age, disability, color, race, ethnicity, family structure, gender, sexual orientation, culture, national origin, religious preference, socioeconomic status, etc.

    Social work practitioners advocate for those who have experienced various social problems that cut across cultural groups. Examples include:

    • Poverty
    • Crime and victimization
    • Oppression
    • Discrimination
    • Mental illness
    • Substance abuse
    • Chronic physical illness
    • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
    • Neglect

    Given the breadth of their profession, social workers also work with those who may not have experienced such social problems. Regardless of the population served, social workers recognize their legal and ethical responsibilities to clients and provide competent social work services.  

  • Degree Plan

    Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) 

    (120 Credit Hours)

    Academic Major

     

    Hours

    Social Work 2307

    3

    Social Work 2317, 3307, 3309, 3311, 3313, 3315, 3355,
    3357, 4371, 4372, 4373

    33

    Social Work (advanced electives)

    18

    Other Requirements

     

    Hours

    Biology 1408, 1409, or 2423, 2424

    8

    Communication 1315

    3

    Computational and Applied Math 1351,
    Mathematics 1314, 1324, 1332, 1342, 2313

    3

    Creative Arts:
    Arts 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304,
    Honors 2302, 
    Music 1306, 1310, 1313,
    Theatre 1310

    3

    Economics 1300, 2301, 2302

    3

    English 1301, 1302

    6

    General Studies 1181

    1

    History 1301, 1302

    6

    Language, Philosophy, and Culture:
    Cultural Competence 2323,
    English 2307, 2321, 2326, 2329, 2331,
    Philosophy 1301, 2306

    3

    Political Science 2305, 2306

    6

    Psychology 2301

    3

    Sociology 1301

    3

    Electives

     

    Hours

    Electives

    18

     

    The above plan meets all core curriculum and Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree requirements. The B.S.W. with a major in social work requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, a minimum of 42 advanced junior- and senior-level semester credit hours and a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in residence (24 of which must be at the advanced level). 24 of the last 30 hours required to complete this degree must be taken in residence. B.S.W. degree students do not have a minor.

  • Four-Year Plan
    Total Hours: 120

    First Year

    Fall
    ENGL 1301
    3
    HIST 1301 
    3
    Mathematics
    3
    BIOL 1408, 2423
    4
    GS 1181 1
    TOTAL 14
    Spring
    ENGL 1302
    3
    HIST 1302 
    3
    Creative Arts 3
    BIOL 1409, 2424
    4
    SOC 1301  3
    TOTAL 16

    Second Year*

    Fall
    Language, Philosophy, and Culture 3
    SWK 2307
    3
    POLS 2305 3
    PSY 2301
    3
    Elective
    3
    TOTAL 15
    Spring
    COMM 1315 3
    POLS 2306
    3
    ECON 1300, 2301, 2302 
    3
    Elective
    3
    Elective 3
    TOTAL 15

    Third Year**

    Fall
    SWK 2317
    3
    SWK 3307 
    3
    SWK 3309  3
    SWK 3355 
    3
    SWK (advanced) 3
    TOTAL 15
    Spring
    SWK 3311 
    3
    SWK 3313 
    3
    SWK 3315
    3
    SWK 3357 3
    Elective 3
    TOTAL 15

    Fourth Year***

    Fall
    SWK 4371 
    3
    SWK (advanced) 3
    SWK (advanced) 3
    SWK (advanced) 3
    Elective 3
    TOTAL 15
    Spring
    SWK 4372 
    3
    SWK 4373 3
    SWK (advanced)
    3
    SWK (advanced)
    3
    Elective
    3
    TOTAL 15

    *Sophomore Year: Pre-Social Work; Students continue to take liberal arts courses, the remainder of the social sciences courses, and the pre-Social Work course (SWK 2307). 

    **Junior Year: Students who meet admission criteria are admitted to the B.S.W. major. All Freshman and Sophomore courses are completed, except Social Work 2317. 

    ***Senior Year: Internships, Social Work electives, and Social Work Practice III. All required Social Work courses in junior year are completed. 

  • Pre-Social Work

    Students are enrolled as a “Pre-Social Work” major until they meet full admission requirements for the B.S.W. Degree. Students must be admitted into the social work program to graduate with the B.S.W Degree.

     Admission Requirements to the B.S.W. Program

    • Admission to Angelo State University;
    • A completed application for Admission to the B.S.W. degree program as a “Social Work Major”;
    • A completed resume or curriculum vita;
    • At least 30 semester hours if completed college work (sophomore standing)including SWK 2307;
    • All core education curriculum completed (the liberal arts foundation; junior standing) including SWK 2307;
    • A 2.00 GPA on college work taken at ASU;
    • A 2.50 GPA on any previously taken social work courses;
    • A “C” or better in SWK 2307 (Introduction of Social Work);
    • 20 clock hours of volunteer experience in the human or social services; and
    • A personal narrative, no less than five pages, typed in strict adherence to the American Psychological Association’s most current style manual, covering the below content areas. This personal narrative is designed to help the social work faculty evaluate applicants’ writing ability and critical thinking skills.
      1. Your understanding of the social work
      2. Choose at least two of the core values of the social work profession and discuss their importance to you and the social work profession
      3. Why you desire to enter the social work profession
      4. A discussion of three of your personal strengths and three of your personal weaknesses or challenges covering the following points:

    a. how your personal strengths will help you become a professional social worker; and
    b. how you plan to overcome any personal weaknesses or challenges to become a professional social worker; and
    c. Your future goals as a professional (e.g., graduate work in social work, social work employment, social work career path, career-long learning plan, and so forth).

    Student Forms
    Student Forms
    Additional Information

    Degree Plan
         

    Complete the application for Admission to the BSW degree program as a “Social Work Major”. Sign and return to the Social Work Office A 104H

    B.S.W. Application

    Application to the BSW Degree Program to become a “Social Work Major”Sign and return to the Social Work Office A 104H.

    Social Work Student Handbook

    The Handbook serves to inform prospective and current students about the nature of the Social Work Program, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, and the social work minor offered at Angelo State University.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    The following volunteer opportunities have been approved by the Social Work Faculty as opportunities for Pre-Social Work Students to complete their required 20 hours of volunteer experience. 
  • Courses

    Courses in Social Work (SWK)

    All Social Work Course Syllabuses

    • 2307 Introduction to Social Work (3-0). An overview of the history and development of social work as a profession. The course is designed to foster a philosophical, historical, and critical understanding of the social work profession, social work values and ethics, and fields of practice.

      2317 Social Welfare Policy and Practice I (3-0). Provides knowledge and values of the history and philosophy of social welfare programs and the skills to understand major social welfare policies. The impact of policy on human functioning is also emphasized.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307 and admission into the Social Work degree program or a declared Social Work minor.

      3307 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3-0). The biopsychosocial science base of social work practice. Includes theories of biological, social, cultural, psychological, and spiritual development within the context of the social environment through the life course. Focuses on the critical evaluation and application of theories and knowledge to person-environment transactions.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317, and admission into the Social Work degree program or a declared Social Work minor.

      3309 Social Work Practice I (3-0). The introduction to social work practice with individuals, couples, families and small groups, including the use of communication skills, supervision, and consultation. Focuses on engagement, assessment and evaluation, planning for service delivery, implementing empirically based interventions, and evaluating outcomes.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317, and admission into the Social Work degree program.
      Prerequisite or Corequisite: Social Work 3307.

      3311 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3-0). The biopsychosocial science base of social work practice. Includes a critical analysis of the interactions between the person and the dynamic nature of groups, organizations, communities, society, and economic systems. Focuses on multiple dimensions of the person and the range of social systems in which they live.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 3307, 3309.

      3313 Social Work Practice II (3-0). The introduction to social work practice with large groups, organizations, and communities, including the use of communication skills, supervision, and consultation. Focuses on engagement, assessment and evaluation, planning for service delivery, implementing empirically based interventions, and evaluating outcomes.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 3307, 3309.

      3315 Social Welfare Policy and Practice II (3-0). Provides the knowledge, skills, and values to apply social welfare policy and practice. Focuses on policy analysis, implementation of policy to achieve social and economic justice, and the impact of social policy on the social work profession.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317, and admission into the Social Work degree program.

      3355 Social Work Research Methods I (3-0). Presentation of the methods used in scientific inquiry and program evaluation; knowledge of how scientific evidence informs social work practice and how social work practice informs scientific inquiry is of primary concern. Focuses on the skills related to conducting research and practice evaluation. Ethical, cultural, and professional value considerations in the research process are emphasized.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317, and admission into the Social Work degree program.

      3357 Social Work Research Methods II (3-0). Presentation of selected statistical methods used in scientific inquiry, program evaluation, and knowledge of how statistical analysis informs social work practice. Focuses on the skills related to statistical analysis, interpretation, and application. Ethical, cultural, and professional value considerations in statistical analysis are emphasized.
      Prerequisite: Social Work 3355.

      4303 Social Work and Children/Families (3-0). Provides knowledge and skills necessary for generalist social work practice relating to children and families among diverse populations. Topics include the changing dynamics of families, social problems faced by children and families, counseling and intervention programs for children and families, child abuse and neglect, child and family advocacy, and the role of the social worker in foster care adoption, and the courts.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317.

      4305 Social Work and Mental Health (3-0). Provides knowledge and skills necessary for generalist social work practice relating to people with mental illness. The role and function of the social worker in mental health settings is of primary concern. Promotes the application of social work values, ethics, and standards in work with mentally ill people from diverse backgrounds.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317.

      4307 Social Work and Aging (3-0). Provides a biopsychosocial perspective on the functioning of older adults. Topics cover the various aspects of geriatric social work including biopsychosocial changes associated with aging, assessment and intervention with the elderly, substance abuse and the elderly, group work with the elderly, issues surrounding spirituality, abuse and neglect, family and social support, and issues relating to death and dying.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317.

      4309 Social Work and Health Care (3-0). Provides knowledge and skills necessary for generalist social work practice in a hospital and other health care settings with people from diverse backgrounds. Topics include an introduction to evidence-based practice in health care environments, medical terminology, and biopsychosocial factors relating to physical illness and disease. Promotes the application of social work values, ethics, and standards in physical health care.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317.

      4313 Social Work and Groups (3-0). An introduction to group theory and practice. Topics include group formation and development, stages of the group process, ethics and legal issues relating to group practice, and group work with diverse populations.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317.

      4317 Social Work and Case Management (3-0). An in-depth analysis of the case management process from a generalist perspective. Focuses on evidence-based practices in contemporary case management, clarification of practitioner attitudes, cultural competence, effective communication skills, client assessment, service plan development, case documentation, the monitoring of services and treatment, and case termination.
      Prerequisites: Social Work 2307, 2317.

      4321 Social Work and Domestic Violence (3-0). This course is designed to provide the student with a broad knowledge of issues and methods relevant to domestic violence (spousal violence; intimate partner violence). The course content is designed to provide the participant with a foundation of understanding of domestic violence dynamics and a knowledge base for working with those affected by domestic violence.

      4323 Social Work and the Military (3-0). This course provides students with a basic introduction to military culture to allow them to work more effectively with active duty service members, veterans, their family members, and other involved systems.

      4327 Social Work and Human Sexuality (3-0). Provides a biopsychosocial perspective on human sexuality across the lifespan. Topics include the male and female sexual anatomy/physiology, multicultural perspective of sexuality, sexual behavior, sexual orientations, sexuality across the life cycle, the prevention and treatment of sexuality problems, and social problems related to human sexuality.

      4371 Social Work Field Education I. A supervised internship of at least 250 hours in an approved agency appropriate to social work; fosters the integration of classroom knowledge, values, and ethics with practice-based knowledge that seeks to increase practice skills and promotes professional competence. Restricted to Bachelor of Social Work majors.
      Prerequisites: A grade of “C” or higher in all required Social Work courses, good academic standing as a senior in the social work program, and permission from the Social Work Program Director and the Social Work Field Education Director.

      4372 Social Work Field Education II. A supervised internship of at least 250 hours in an approved agency appropriate to social work; fosters the integration of classroom knowledge, values, and ethics with practice-based knowledge that seeks to increase practice skills and promotes professional competence. Restricted to Bachelor of Social Work majors.
      Prerequisite: Social Work 4371.

      4373 Social Work Practice III (3-0). The integrative seminar in social work. This capstone course facilitates the integration and application of the generalist social work curriculum in diverse, evolving, and emerging practice contexts. Student career development, use of technology, and professional leadership are emphasized. As a part of this course, students must take and pass a comprehensive examination.
      Prerequisite: Social Work 4371.

      4381 Special Topics in Social Work (3-0). Selected topics in social work. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)

      4391 Independent Research in Social Work (3-0). A specialized course which may be directed reading or research for superior students. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)
      Prerequisite: Approval from the Social Work Program Director.