The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001. This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure.

The School of Social Work at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The BSW is a professional degree built on a liberal arts foundation with supporting social and behavioral sciences coursework. Graduates of our program will qualify to take the Texas licensing examination to become a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Work (LBSW). 

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

Choose one:
SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

020 Mathematics - 3 hours

Choose one:
MATH 1314College Algebra

3

Or

MATH 1414College Algebra

4

 

MATH 1342Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 1324Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences

3

MATH 1343Introduction to Biostatistics

3

MATH 2412Precalculus

4

MATH 2413Calculus I

4

Major Requirements - 72 hours

Required Courses - 39 hours

SOCW 2361Introduction to the Social Work Profession

3

SOCW 2362The Social Welfare Institution

3

SOCW 2375Statistical Methods

3

SOCW 3314Social Welfare Policy and Programs

3

SOCW 3321Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3

SOCW 3322Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3

SOCW 3323Social Work Practice I

3

SOCW 4301Social Work Practice II

3

SOCW 4302Social Work Practice III

3

SOCW 4311Research for the Social Services

3

SOCW 4353Integrative Field Seminar

3

Choose one of the following six-hour options:

SOCW 4354Field Education I

3

And

SOCW 4355Field Education II

3

 

Or

SOCW 4619Field Education Block

6

Prescribed Electives - 21 hours

Advanced Restricted Electives - 12 hours

Choose from any advanced CRIJ, REHS, SOCW, PSY, SOCI, POLS, or ANTH courses

Spanish Language Electives - 6 hours

Choose one pair:
SPAN 1311Beginning Spanish I

3

SPAN 1312Beginning Spanish II

3

 

Or

 

SPAN 2313Spanish for Heritage Language Learners II

3

SPAN 2315Spanish for Heritage Language Learners III

3

Social Science and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

Complete the social and behavioral science course not completed from the requirements listed in the core curriculum.

Choose one:
SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

PSYC 2301General Psychology

3

Support Courses - 12 hours

Required

SOCI 4352Social Stratification

3

Choose one:

PSYC 4313Abnormal Psychology

3

SOCI 4314Sociology of Deviance

3

Choose one:

PSYC 3337Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

PSYC 3332Developmental Psychology: Infancy Through Adolescence

3

PSYC 3333Psychology of Adulthood: Maturity and Old Age

3

Choose one:

SOCI 4313Race and Ethnic Relations

3

SOCI 4323The Mexican American Experience

3

Free Electives – hours will vary

Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree. 

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Requirements include:

  1. 2.7 cumulative GPA
  2. At least 30 hours of University General Education Core Curriculum requirements, with a 2.0 GPA
  3. SOCW 2361 Introduction to the Social Work Profession, with a grade of ‘C’ or higher,
  4. 6 hours of freshmen Rhetoric and Composition, with a grade of ‘C’ or higher (ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302)
  5. 3 hours of college algebra or higher-level mathematics, with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required for SOCW 3323 (Practice I) as a prerequisite for enrollment in SOCW 4301 (Practice II) and SOCW 4302 (Practice III). A minimum grade of ‘C’ is required in both SOCW 4301 and SOCW 4302 in order to progress to SOCW 4353 (Integrative Field Seminar) and SOCW 4619 (Field Education Block) or SOCW 4354 and SOCW 4355 (Field Education I and Field Education II).