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Excerpt from Social Work Program Student Handbook

University-Wide Academic Requirements

Liberal Arts Required Core Curriculum

6 hours History

6 hours Political Science/Government

6 hours Composition

6 hours Mathematics (Math 1013 Quantitative Literacy plus 3 hours College-level algebra or equivalent)

6 hours Natural Sciences (with labs; BIOL 1011-1012; BIOL 1021-1022)

3 hours Humanities/English Literature

3 hours Visual/Performing Arts

3 hours Social/Behavioral Science (PSY 1013)

6 hours Foreign Language (Spanish or Amer. Sign Language) Electives

3 hours Multicultural Women’s Studies

3 hours Oral Communication

3 hours Computer Literacy

54 hours

Students must achieve global perspectives (6 credit hours) for graduation either through the core, through the major when approved, or through approved electives.

*The Social Work Program requires passing grades in all core curriculum courses listed above.

Bachelor of Social Work Degree Requirements

In addition to the university-wide course requirements, the B.S.W. degree requires 47 hours in the sequenced social work courses (including six (6) additional hours selected from social work electives) and 10 hours of sociology, as listed below. For the Natural Science requirement the student must take a Human Biology and a general science (with labs). Transfer students may substitute two general sciences (with labs) to meet the Human Biology requirement. See the suggested sequence of courses and information on sequencing of course work for important information about how the required courses in the B.S.W. degree should be scheduled.

The curriculum of the Social Work Program is organized around nine professional areas of study:

social work values and ethics, diversity, populations-at-risk, social and economic justice, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, social research, and field practicum through placement at social service agencies. These nine content areas build on a liberal arts base to provide social work knowledge, values, and skills, as well as a supervised experience in generalist practice. These nine areas of study provide baccalaureate social work students with the necessary practice methodology, as well as competencies to perform at the entry level of generalist social work practice

 Social Work Courses Required

SOWK 1403 Introduction to Social Policies and Services

SOWK 1411 Social Work Praxis Lab

SOWK 2813 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

SOWK 3053 Social Research

SOWK 3221 Social Work Practice I Laboratory

SOWK 3223 Social Work Practice I

SOWK 3231 Social Work Practice II Laboratory

SOWK 3233 Social Work Practice II

SOWK 3241 Social Work Practice III Laboratory

SOWK 3243 Social Work Practice III

SOWK 3813 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

SOWK 4433 Social Issues, Programs and Policies

SOWK 4463 Social Work Integrative Seminar

SOWK 4469 Social Work Field Practicum

SOWK 4903.03 ST: Special Needs of Vulnerable Populations

SOWK 4903.02 ST: Culturally Competent Practice

SOWK electives (3 hours)

47 hours

Sociology Courses Required

SOCI 1013 Introduction to Sociology (or SOCI 1023 Current Social Problems)

SOCI 3051 Social Data Analysis

SOCI 3163 Social Statistics

10 hours


The total number of hours to graduate must be 120 hours.

The student must complete at least 9 general elective hours in order to meet the requirement.

Notes for Major

[No grade lower than C can be counted as credit toward completion of the sequenced social work practice courses.]

A course can be taken up to three times, however for credit only once. The grade used to compute the student’s GPA is the most recent grade earned in the course. After taking a course twice, the student is charged non-resident tuition for all subsequent enrollments in that course. $0 $0Currently students may take up to 45 excess hours over the requirements for their bachelor's degree (typically 120 semester hours for most majors). Thus, for a 120 hour bachelor's degree, a student may take up to 165 semester hours before being charged out of state tuition.

Beginning with entering freshmen in Fall 2006, this limit will be lowered to 30 semester hours. For example, if a person enters TWU as a freshman in Fall 2007, they would be able to take up to 150 hours before being charged out of state tuition (assuming their degree plan required 120 semester hours to complete). Otherwise, they would be allowed the amount that their degree plan requires plus 30 semester hours. Private university and out of state hours are not counted against this limit. Each attempt (that results in a student remaining on a 12th day roll) counts toward this requirement. An exception to this limit is possible for students receiving Pell grants. Developmental courses don't count toward this limit unless a student has taken more than 18 hours of developmental courses. An appeal process is available through the registrar's office.

Offered Electives

Elective courses are selected by the student. Electives during the first sixty hours are generally selected to augment the student’s liberal arts foundation. Electives during the last sixty hours are usually chosen to support the student’s professional goals. Social Work, Sociology and Women’s Studies electives rotate each semester. please see your General Catalog for a current listing of options.

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