BSW Admissions Process
The School of Social Work Application Information
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All new BSW applicants will need to complete an online application.
The BSW Phase II application is currently closed.
BSW Information Meetings
If you have questions about the BSW Program at Texas State, after reviewing the information on the School of Social Work website, please join us for an Information Meeting. If you plan on attending, these meetings will be held in Encino Hall Room 145.
NOTE: Students that completed all of their course requirements prior to this semester's application will hear by the end of next week. Students that have grades pending from required courses being taken this semester will hear after grades for the semester.
The BSW degree program at Texas State University is an exciting educational adventure for students who really want to make a difference in the world. Classes are small, and students have lots of opportunities to work closely with faculty and their classmates. Students in the BSW degree program study:
- human behavior in the social environment
- social policy
- practice skills with individuals, families, groups, and communities
- social research
- work in selected agencies under social work supervision
Graduating students are prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities, and the BSW degree program will have taught students a great deal about effective communication, working relationships, and intervention skills.
The social work major (BSW) degree requires 48 hours in Social Work and 27 hours in supportive social sciences. The social work curriculum is interwoven with liberal arts and general studies, consisting of 60 semester credit hours (see: BSW Degree Plan.) The Social Work major does not require a minor. Students progress through the BSW degree program in three phases. Faculty regularly assess students during this process, examining whether students are adhering to professional ethics and whether students are performing appropriately in practice situations.
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Phase I (Pre-Social Work Major)
Social work pre-majors should complete most of their general education core/liberal arts courses before applying for admission to Phase II of the social work major. To be eligible to apply, students must complete at least 45 credit hours, including the following: COMM 1310, ENG 1310 and 1320; MATH 1315, 1316 or 1319; PHIL 1305 or 1320; SOWK 1350 and 2375; Any core 030 Natural Science Course; HIST 1310 and 1320 and US 1100, if required. Applicants must complete SOWK 1350 & SOWK 2375 with a C or above. Phase II applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.50 overall.
Phase II (Social Work Major)
Applicants for Phase II submit a formal application. An admissions committee screens applicants, considering the student’s academic record and suitability for social work practice, and informs applicants in writing if they are admitted, conditionally admitted, or denied admission. When the student is admitted into Phase II of the BSW degree program, his/her formal academic major is converted from Pre-Social Work to Social Work.
Admission into Phase II does not guarantee success in the BSW degree program. School of Social Work (SSW) faculty continually assess students’ progress; majors must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA overall and earn a 'C' or higher in every social work and supportive social science course. Faculty also expect students to adhere to the social work professional Code of Ethics, show emotional and mental stability, demonstrate strong communication skills, develop working interpersonal relationships, and develop self-awareness. For more information, please reference the Evaluation of Student Fitness and Performance Policy.
Phase III (Field Practicum)
Students who have completed all required courses (excluding SOWK 4645 and 4650), have met all criteria for the BSW degree, and have a finalized degree audit report on file with the Academic Advising Center may apply for the field practicum. Most students think this is the most exciting aspect of the social work degree, which provides real-world experience and education.
Students generally take one semester of a comprehensive internship (SOWK 4645 and 4650 simultaneously), but may take the field practicum in two subsequent semesters (e.g. SOWK 4645 the first semester and SOWK 4650 the second semester). For detailed information and answers to questions about the field practicum experience, visit the Field Practicum Office Page.