Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work offers courses in Social Work (SOCW) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Social Work. The B.A. in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Unlike many of the departments offering undergraduate degrees at the University that allow students from other disciplines to declare minors therein, this unit does not allow the declaration of a minor in Social Work. Additionally, students pursuing the B.A. in Social Work are not required to declare a minor in a second academic discipline.

The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for entry-level generalist professional social work practice with special attention to the complexities of the urban environment. This preparation, with its foundation in professional knowledge, values, and skills, emphasizes practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, especially populations at risk. As reflected in the program goals below, these populations include, in particular, people of color (specifically African Americans) as well as other groups identified as most vulnerable to poverty, violence, disabilities, and economic and social inequities. Further emphasis is placed on the development of advocates for system and policy changes that promote social and economic justice given the challenges of urban settings and global conditions.

The baccalaureate Social Work Program expresses its commitment to social work’s purpose, values and ethics throughout the various components of the curriculum wherein students are exposed to the values and ethical foundation consistent with that of the social work profession. The knowledge and skills acquired over the course of the program are directly correlated to the CSWE’s nine (9) Core Competencies as defined in the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

The liberal arts perspective, social science cognates and social work courses (core and electives) provide opportunities to learn about and incorporate the ethical and value orientations necessary for effective practice. Faculty are fully aware of the necessity to introduce to students, nurture and facilitate the continual attention to the values and ethical positions of the profession to guide practice actions. Further instruction supports the professional commitment to continue contributing to the ongoing assessment of these perspectives. Each of the program goals addresses the purpose, values and ethics of the profession to some degree and is derived from its mission in order to:

  1. Prepare students for entry-level generalist social work practice with client systems of all sizes and types, especially concerned with the complexities of urban settings.
  2. Prepare students for practice with diverse populations, especially African Americans, other people of color, and populations at risk for social and economic inequities nationally and globally.
  3. Prepare students with knowledge, values and skills for practice that will further develop the profession and promote just, more humane, and equitable service delivery.
  4. Provide a comprehensive curriculum infused with values and ethics of the profession as a guide for social work practice.
  5. Provide students with a strong educational foundation that fosters a commitment to continuous personal and professional development, and advanced training, especially for those who aspire to pursue graduate education.

Students wishing to pursue the undergraduate degree offered through the Department must first gain admission to the University, must satisfy all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) responsibility requirements and eradicate identified deficiencies, and must petition the Department for admission upon successful completion (C or better) of nine semester credit hours of specific social work courses (SOCW 145 Intro Social Welfare, SOCW 246 Social Legislation, and SOCW 340 Sem In Helping). Each student must be admitted by the Department, as a major, before attempting to meet all of the requirements for the degree. As social work is a profession, all pre-majors and majors must demonstrate professional demeanor and integrity in classroom work and field related activities. Students who engage in nonprofessional behaviors, including plagiarism, cheating, disrespectful communications etc. will be reported to the appropriate judicial offices on campus and may be counseled out of the major.

Interested students are asked to contact the Department Office during their freshman year in order to obtain admissions information and procedures. Students returning to the University following an absence of one long semester or more must gain departmental approval before enrolling in Social Work classes if the earned GPA is lower than 2.0. No academic credit is given for prior life experiences.

The overall Social Work major is structured to conform to a “Curriculum Guide” that is available for reference in the Social Work Department. This guide outlines the required sequence of courses that must be completed satisfactorily through the senior year. It also assures the preparedness of students for placement in field education in various community agencies.

A total of 53 credits is required in Social Work for completion of the B.A. degree, in which grades of “C” or better must be earned. Grades of “C-” are unacceptable in core Social Work courses and in cognate courses taken in psychology and sociology. A student who has two (2) unsatisfactory grades in a given core Social Work course will not be permitted to re-enroll for a third time, until a formal, written, appeal to the department has been approved.  Therefore, this student must meet with their faculty advisor for further academic guidance.

Social Work majors must complete ENGL 1301 Freshman English I and ENGL 1302 Freshman English II with a grade of C or better. No more than three grades below a “C” may be earned in all other courses. Where courses are part of a liberal arts content area, students may not earn consecutive grades of C- or below in the represented discipline. A grade below a “D” will not be accepted for credit. Transfer students may substitute FS 102 with any college level course to complete the total credit hours required for graduation by their degree plan.

Courses required during the senior year are organized into two blocks: Block I (Fall semester only) and Block II (Spring semester only). In order to proceed to Block, a minimum GPA of 2.5 must be accrued by the end of the junior year. All core and non-elective courses required through the junior year must be completed satisfactorily in order for students to progress to the senior year Block I and the required associated Block I Field Placement. Block I courses (SOCW 440 Generalist Practice I, SOCW 440L Generalist Practice Lab I, SOCW 443 Theories In Socw Prac, SOCW 444 Field Instructions I, SOCW 444S Fld Inst Sem I, and SOCW 450 Social Work Prac Res Eval) must be taken concurrently during the first half of the senior year. Students who earn a C- or lower in SOCW 440 Generalist Practice I, SOCW 440L Generalist Practice Lab I, SOCW 444 Field Instructions I or SOCW 444S Fld Inst Sem I Field Instruction Seminar will not be allowed to proceed to Block II.

Block II courses (SOCW 439 Social Welfare Policy, SOCW 441 Generalist Practice II, SOCW 441L Generalist Practice Lab II, SOCW 446 Field Instruction II, SOCW 446S Field Instruction Seminar II, and a SOCW elective, if applicable) must be taken concurrently during the second half of the senior year. An exit examination is required of graduating seniors. Please note: Social work majors who have criminal backgrounds are encouraged to complete a Professional Licensing and Certification Unit Criminal History Evaluation through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, to evaluate his/her criminal history to determine eligibility for social work licensure (see https://www.dshs.texas.gov/plc_cheval.shtm for more information).  This notification is stated in compliance with the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53 (see http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/OC/htm/OC.53.htm), effective September 1, 2017.

The Social Work major has specific entrance requirements that must be met before acceptance can be granted. In summary, interested students must first gain admission to the University; must meet all TSI responsibilities; must fulfill prerequisites referenced above; and must petition for admission to the Department. All students interested in Social Work are provided with extensive advisement to ensure proper progression toward graduation. For additional information, questions regarding the Social Work major, department location and parking may be directed to (713) 313-7783.

Social Work Courses

SOCW 145  Intro Social Welfare  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to Social Welfare (3) Introduction to representative fields, practices, agencies, services, and professional groups engaged in social welfare with particular emphasis on Social Work and required field experience. Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory/field experience per week.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 246  Social Legislation  (3 Credits)  

Social Welfare Legislation (3) Intensive examination and discussion of selected social legislation. Emphasis on the Social Security Act and other Acts closely related to social welfare services and social work. Required field experience. Three hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: SOCW 145.

Prerequisite(s): (SOCW 145 (may be taken concurrently))

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 314  Social Work with Groups  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an exploration of the specialty area of group work in social work practice. The course will especially focus on the function, procedures, and dynamics of task groups, treatment groups and educational groups, and enhance knowledge and skills for participating in, as well as facilitating groups. Prerequisite: SOCW 145; Corequisite: SOCW 340.

Prerequisite(s): SOCW 145 and (SOCW 340 (may be taken concurrently))

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 333  Violence & Abuse In Fams  (3 Credits)  

Violence and Abuse in Families (3) Consideration of selected aspects of violence and abuse: patterns (wife, child), types (physical, emotional, sexual), theories of causation, manifestation, and social service programs. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 335  Serv Chldrn & Youth Inst Set  (3 Credits)  

Service to Children and Youth in Institutional Settings (3) Examines selected representative services for children and youth in terms of their programs, method of service delivery, and needs in settings other than the home. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 340  Sem In Helping  (3 Credits)  

Seminar in Helping (3) Examination and discussion of motives, value orientations, and approaches used in helping with emphasis on self awareness, interviewing, observation, data management, and integration as key tools in the helping process. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: SOCW 246 or consent of the instructor.

Prerequisite(s): (SOCW 246)

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 342  Seminar on Aging  (3 Credits)  

Seminar on Aging (3) Introduction to the aged and aging process. Emphasis on the major concepts related to aging, associated critical issues, and social services. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 345  Human Behav Social Environ I  (3 Credits)  

Human Behavior in the Social Environment (for Health Related Majors ONLY) (3) Emphasis on wholistic approach to understanding human behavior across the lifespan for non-social work majors.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 346  Human Behavior in Soc Envirn I  (3 Credits)  

Human Behavior in the Social Environment (for Social Work Majors ONLY) (3) Integrated biological/psychological/sociological approach toward understanding the aspects of behavior. Examines the person-in-environment concept from the systems ecological perspective. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: SOCW 145 and SOCW 246. Corequisite: Enrollment in SOCW 340 or consent of the instructor.

Prerequisite(s): (SOCW 145 and SOCW 246)

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 347  Human Behav Social Environ II  (3 Credits)  

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3) Application of the theoretical framework of systems ecological perspective with emphasis upon families, groups, communities, and organizations. Examines issues of diversity, structure, and outcome of transactions between and within systems. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisites: SOCW 340 and SOCW 346 or consent of the instructor.

Prerequisite(s): (SOCW 340 and SOCW 346)

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 348  Social Work Communications  (3 Credits)  

Discussions and introductory practice opportunities for case recordings, interviewing, court reporting, information, referral and other required documentation skills. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. 3 credit hour per week.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 360  Research Design & Ethics for Generalist Social Work Practice  (3 Credits)  

the purpose of this course is to increase knoledge and skills in researchin order to become competent in the major social work roles in research as generalist, evidence-bsed practioners: Research consumbers, contributing partners, and creators/disseminators of research. This is a three credit hour course. 3 credit hours per week.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 439  Social Welfare Policy  (3 Credits)  

Social Welfare Policy (3) Exploration and assessment of legislative/policy issues with reference to Social Work. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Completion of Block I. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block II.

Prerequisite(s): (SOCW 440 and SOCW 443 and SOCW 450)

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 440  Generalist Practice I  (3 Credits)  

Generalist Practice I (3) Micro level focuses on the integrated use of a knowledge/value approach for the development of generalist skills in providing interventive strategies of direct services to appropriate client systems. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: SOCW 340, SOCW 346, and SOCW 347. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block I.

Prerequisite(s): (SOCW 340 and SOCW 346 and SOCW 347)

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 440L  Generalist Practice Lab I  (2 Credits)  

Generalist Practice Laboratory I (2) Practice laboratory to accompany SOCW 440. Two hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block I.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 441  Generalist Practice II  (3 Credits)  

Generalist Practice II (3) Builds upon skills, practice knowledge, and value base of generalist intervention with a primary focus on macro systems (families, groups, communities, and organizations). Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Completion of Block I. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block II.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 441L  Generalist Practice Lab II  (2 Credits)  

Generalist Practice Laboratory II (2) Practice laboratory to accompany SOCW 441. Two hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block II.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 442  Seminar in Dying and Death  (3 Credits)  

Seminar on Dying and Death (3) Examination of values and attitudes related to social services during terminal illness, death, and planning with survivors. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 443  Theories In Socw Prac  (3 Credits)  

Theories in Social Work Practice (3) Critical analysis and evaluation of major selected social work practice theories. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block I.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 444  Field Instructions I  (4 Credits)  

Field Instruction I (4) An educationally directed field placement for the development and utilization of professional social work practice skills. Sixteen hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Corequisites: Enrollment in Block I and SOCW 444S.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 444S  Fld Inst Sem I  (1 Credits)  

Field Instruction Seminar I (1) Group discussion and integration of field practicum experiences. Accompanies SOCW 444. One hour of lecture per week. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block I.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 446  Field Instruction II  (4 Credits)  

Field Instruction II (4) Continuation of SOCW 444 with evaluation of practicum experience. Sixteen hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: Completion of Block I. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block II.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 446S  Field Instruction Seminar II  (1 Credits)  

Field Instruction Seminar II (1) Continuation of SOCW 444S with discussion and integration of field practicum experience. Accompanies SOCW 446. One hour of lecture per week. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block II.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 447  Ind Study Soc Welfare  (3 Credits)  

Independent Study in Social Welfare (3) Selection of topics by students for study and analysis culminating in a paper suitable for publication. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 448  Top Sem In Social Welfare  (3 Credits)  

Topical Seminar in Social Welfare (3) Selected topics in social welfare and/or areas/topics normally not covered in published curricula. Three hours of laboratory/field experience or research per week. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work

SOCW 450  Social Work Prac Res Eval  (3 Credits)  

Social Work Practice Research and Evaluation (3) Application of empirical measurements to determine the effectiveness of one's own practice and evaluation of practice skills, policy implementation, program service, and self assessment. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory/field experience per week. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Corequisite: Enrollment in Block I.

College/School: Liberal Arts & Behavioral Scie

Department: Dept of Social Work