The School of Social Work (SSW) at Texas State University is a vibrant and growing unit of the College of Applied Arts. The School offers two degree programs, both fully accredited by Council on Social Work Education:
- Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), prepares students for generalist practice
- Master of Social Work (MSW), prepares students for advanced specialized practice in either administrative or direct practice
The School provides some outstanding advantages:
- A charming Hill Country setting and tree-covered campus on the crystal clear San Marcos River
- A location midway between San Antonio and Austin; its site and ambiance offer the best of small-town easy living and metropolitan advantage
- A dedicated, knowledgeable, ethical, and academically prepared faculty representing a wide variety of interests and backgrounds
- A well-planned curriculum which is very relevant to the work world and which carries high expectations for student learning
- A broad array of interesting field placement settings across Central Texas (both rural and urban areas) in which students work in agencies under the supervision of licensed social workers
- Small classes (in comfortable and attractive classrooms) with lots of interaction between students and faculty
- Class scheduling which accommodates the needs of working people and part-time students
- A solid MSW program offering advanced standing
- Opportunities to participate in research, particularly through the School’s Richter Institute of Social Work Research
- Opportunities to become expert in serving children and troubled families through the School’s Center for Children and Families
- The chance to become conversant in Spanish through the School’s Spanish Language Institute
- An outstanding library with well over 1.2 million printed volumes and nearly 6,000 periodicals, and with a cooperative agreement to allow Texas State students to use holdings from any Texas public university
- Various available stipends (particularly in child welfare and long-term care for the elderly), scholarship opportunities, and Graduate Assistant positions
- A student-friendly atmosphere in a university setting of 28,132 students, where student diversity is respected; Texas State is one of the highest producers of Hispanic baccalaureate graduates in the nation
- An outstanding record of passing scores on the state licensing examination by Texas State graduates
The School, which boasts over 200 students at any time, as well as thousands of graduates, has long been committed to preparing social workers to practice competently with those clients who are most forgotten in our society: these are the clients who are typically served by public agencies. Not only are the School’s graduates well-prepared to deal effectively with the most marginalized populations, they are also quite competent in working with a broad spectrum of clients, other professionals, policy-makers, and organizations. A key component to their preparation is the School’s extensive network of public and private agencies, both rural and urban, in which students are placed for field practicum. The School is closely connected with the University’s Center for Children and Families, and many of the School’s students are pursuing careers working with children and families.
To learn more about the history of the Social Work School at Texas State University, click here.
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