School of Social Work
Thomas L. Winter, Director, School of Social Work
Major: Social Work (BS)
The School of Social Work offers the Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree, the Bachelor of Science in Sociology (page 115), and a minor in Sociology. 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.
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.
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 School of Social Work office.
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.
Additional Admission Requirements
The following accomplishments are required for admission:
• Junior standing (60 credit hours).
• Completion of admission forms designated by the school.
• Submission of an autobiographical sketch that includes the student’s personal
• Approval for admission by program faculty after an interview and consideration of
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-level 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
|BS: SOCIAL WORK DEGREE PLAN (SOCW)|
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.
BIOL 101 Biology: Human Perspective or
BIOL 291 Anatomy and Physiology and
BIOL 293 Anatomy and Physiology Lecture/Lab
Student will select from a list of recommended courses:
No more than 9 hours can be taken in one field.
Additional upper level courses in these areas can be approved by advisor.
SOCW 230 Introduction to Social Work
SOCW 250 Person to Person: Fundamental Skills of Relating
SOCW 327 Micro/Mezzo Human Behavior Theory
SOCW 329 Diversity, Power, and Oppression
SOCW 351 Social Work Practice with Micro Systems
SOCW 381 Field Practicum I
SOCW 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course)
SOCW 416 Program and Practice Evaluation
SOCW 441 Social Welfare Policies and Services
SOCW 442 Policy Analysis and Practice
SOCW 451 Social Work Practice with Macro Systems
SOCW 481 Field Practicum II
*See “Admission to Major” requirements in this catalog.
1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements
|TOTAL MAJOR HOURS||72|
|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
Courses numbered 0** do not count in