School of Social Work

Contact Information
Paul Ammons, Director, School of Social Work
Susan Clark, BSSW Program Director
ACU Box 27866
Abilene, Texas 79699-7866
Hardin Administration Building, Room 109

 

Phone: 325-674-2072
Fax: 325-674-6525
Email: socialwork@acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/socialwork

 

Major:Social Work (BS) 

Faculty
Paul Ammons, Professor
Tanya Brice, Associate Professor
Susan Clark, Associate Professor
Bill Culp, Associate Professor
Darrell Jordan, Assistant Professor
Alan Lipps, Assistant Professor
Thomas L. Winter, Professor

 

Course Descriptions
Please the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the School of Social Work include those with the following designation: SOCW.



 

The School of Social Work offers the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree. A Master of Science in Social Work degree and a graduate-level certificate in social services administration are also available. See the Graduate School section of this catalog. 

Introduction

Graduates of the ACU BSSW social work program presently work in a variety of settings, including mental health programs, corrections, health care, schools, children and youth programs, mental retardation services, family services and gerontological programs.

Social work majors study the interaction of biological, psychological and social aspects of life that affect human behavior and problems. Students gain experience in the application of social work methods by working directly with human service programs in the Abilene area through the program’s field education curriculum.

The Bachelor of Science degree in social work is granted only to those students who have completed the social work program’s curriculum in its entirety. The degree indicates that the student is prepared for beginning generalist social work practice.

BSSW graduates are prepared both personally and professionally for either immediate entry into the field of social work or for entry into a graduate school to pursue the Master of Social Work degree. The principle objective of the program, however, is to prepare the student for entry-level generalist social work practice. A complete articulation of the educational outcomes of the program is contained in the social work program’s Student Handbook, which can be obtained from the department.

ACU’s BSSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to offer the baccalaureate degree in social work. This accreditation enables students who have completed their work at ACU to qualify for licensure as a social worker in Texas and other states and to have “advanced standing” in many graduate schools of social work throughout the nation.

The school offers qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Social Work degrees in five years.

Additional Admission Requirements
The declaration of social work as a major does not ensure admission to the social work program. In addition to the requirements for all degrees (see the General Education Requirements section of this catalog), the student must apply for and be granted admission to the social work program before taking most upper-division courses.

The following accomplishments are required for admission:

          • Junior standing (60 credit hours).

          • Completion of admission forms designated by the department.

          • Submission of an autobiographical sketch that includes the student’s personal
             experiences, expectations, and self evaluation relative to social work.

          • Satisfactory completion of SOCW 230, 250, and 327 or 328.

          • Approval for admission by program faculty after an interview and consideration of
             various criteria.

Complete information on applying for admission to the program is given to all students when they declare their major. The deadline for application is the 13th full week of the semester prior to the anticipated beginning of upper-division practice and field course work. Students are notified of the decision of the faculty by the 15th full week of the semester.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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SOCIAL WORK (BS)

BS: SOCIAL WORK DEGREE PLAN (SOCW)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Sophomore Literature...........................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 117 Civilization I or

          HIST 221 American History I ...........................................................................

 

3

Science
     BIOL 120 Biology: Human Perspective or

          BIOL 291/293 Anatomy and Physiology Lecture/Lab ..........................................

     Choose from: chemistry, geologyphysics, AENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235,
          ENVR 112NUTR 120 ......................................................................................

 

3-4

 

3

Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41-42
BS DEGREE CORE
English
     ENGL 326 Business and Professional Writing ..........................................................3
Social Sciences/Humanities

     PSYC 232 Developmental Psychology ...................................................................

     6 hours from ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, PHIL, POLS ..............................................

3

6

Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BS CORE .....................................................................................................15
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*
Social Work

     SOCW 230 Introduction to Social Work .................................................................

     SOCW 250 Person to Person: Fundamental Skills of Relating ...................................

     SOCW 327 Micro/Mezzo Human Behavior Theory ...................................................

     SOCW 328 Macro Human Behavior Theory ............................................................

     SOCW 351 Social Work Practice with Micro Systems ...............................................

     SOCW 381 Field Practicum I .................................................................................

     SOCW 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course) ............................................

     SOCW 441 Social Welfare Policies and Services .....................................................

     SOCW 451 Social Work Practice with Macro Systems (writing-intensive course) ........

     SOCW 481 Field Practicum II ...............................................................................

     SOCW 491 Integrative Seminar ............................................................................

3

3

3

3

4

3

4

3

4

6

1

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................37

*See “Admission to Major” requirements in this catalog.

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
Sociology

     SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology ......................................................................

     SOCI 222 Social Problems ...................................................................................

     SOCI 416 Social Statistics ....................................................................................

     SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity .................................................................................

     SOCI 444 (may substitute PSYC 388 or COMS 331 with permission of advisor) .........

3

3

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................15
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................20
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major and supplement .......................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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