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The School of Social Work

Social work has been a part of the curriculum at Texas State University since the Department of Sociology first offered a social work course in 1975. Initially a curriculum sequence within the sociology major, social work would later became an academic minor and finally an academic major. The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) was first accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in 1978, an accreditation that has been reaffirmed in 1985, 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2012. The Department of Social Work was organized in 1995, joining the College of Health Professions. The Department was designated the School of Social Work in 2001, and the School joined the College of Applied Arts in 2009.

The Purpose, Mission, and Vision of the School of Social Work

Through an educational program which is consistent with the standards approved by the Council on Social Work Education, the Texas State University School of Social Work graduates 1) BSW students who are well prepared for professional entry-level generalist social work practice, and 2) MSW students who are equipped for advanced, specialized practice (in the generalist model) in either direct practice or administration.

The School of Social Work at Texas State University aims to educate skilled, competent social workers prepared to practice in a dynamic, diverse social environment. The School prepares social workers who can effectively and ethically lead human service efforts to enhance human well-being and productivity, help alleviate poverty, and strengthen social justice. The School aims to create and refine useful intervention technologies while enhancing services, especially for people who are disadvantaged and often forgotten.

The School of Social Work at Texas State University is committed to empowering our students and faculty to be ethical leaders, skilled in both creative and critical thinking who will be at the forefront of creating positive change and improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society.


Join us in congratulating the School of Social Work

2014 Student Award Recipients!


Outstanding BSW: Ashley Allcorn

Outstanding BSW Leadership Award: Hope Moore

Outstanding MSW (Foundation): Morgan Grace

Outstanding MSW (Direct Practice): Michele Quintin & Dean Shaffer

Outstanding MSW (Administrative Leadership On-campus): Lacey Morris

Outstanding MSW (Administrative Leadership On-line): Kate Mays

Outstanding SSW Service: Kimberley Ogden (BSW)

Outstanding SSW Research: Annette Pelletier (MSW DP) & Chris Roesel (MSW DP)

Project Stand Up for Veterans Grant Is Currently Accepting Applications!

On September 25, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified the School of Social Work at Texas State University that the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the School $479,035 over three years to fund the School’s Project Stand Up for Veterans. This exciting project will fund student stipends to educate graduate social workers in mental and behavioral health and prepare them to work with military personnel, veterans, and their families. Just as the military stands up a trained force, Texas State School of Social Work will stand up a cadre of well-prepared clinical social workers prepared to work with this important population. Dr. Mary Jo Garcia Biggs, Dr. Katherine Selber, and Dr. Amy Russell will oversee Project Stand Up for Veterans.


The School of Social Work at Texas State University has been selected by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to partner with the association in developing a curriculum known as the ASWB Path to Licensure Campaign.

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Great News: The Texas State University School of Social Work
has been fully accredited through 2020!

On October 22, 2012, the Council on Social Work Education notified Texas State School of Social Work that Texas State’s BSW and MSW degree programs were both fully reaffirmed in accreditation for eight years. This is great news, and speaks to the hard work of the Texas State faculty and students in setting and maintaining high standards for learning!

Many Hats Workshop

August 11-13, 2014 (Monday through Wednesday) 8:30am - 6:00pm

Held at the Round Rock Campus, Texas State Universty, Round Rock, TX


40-hour program: $475.00*

Register and pay-in-full by July 14, 2014: $425.00*

*Current Texas State Field Supervisors are eligible for a $50.00 discount.


Please go to the Continuing Education page on the Texas State University website to register for the workshop online or call their office at 512-245-2507. If you have additional questions, please contact Sonya Kraus at sk22@txstate.edu. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing you.

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Upcoming Many Hats Workshops:

  • Fall 2014 – off site – date and place to be determined