Welcome to Social Work
The primary mission of the Social Work program is to train generalist social work professionals capable of providing culturally competent services within diverse, multicultural communities. Through all its activities, the program seeks to foster the fulfillment of human potential, promote social and economic justice, and contribute to the development of a social culture that respects the dignity and worth of all members of society. This mission includes helping students develop and strengthen their sense of social responsibility, appreciation for diversity, understanding of the realities of discrimination and oppression, and knowledge of core social work values, ethics, and skills.
Accreditation Status of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at UT Permian Basin
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is fully accredited through CSWE, having received Initial Accreditation in June, 2007. Graduates admitted while the program was in Candidacy are considered by CSWE and state law to have completed an accredited social work program and are therefore eligible to be licensed as a social worker in Texas.
What does Accreditation mean?
Professional standards in social work education are specified by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). BSW programs must demonstrate their compliance with rigorous academic standards in order to attain national accreditation from CSWE. Such accreditation assures that programs have undergone a comprehensive, criterion-based external review and been endorsed by a national accrediting organization.
The Social Work Profession
Social work is a very practical profession, and social workers provide realistic, compassionate, and ethical leadership in helping people and communities cope with various social challenges. Upon graduation, baccalaureate social workers are ready to function in professional human service positions and have the pleasure of helping people lead better and more satisfying lives. Social workers also work to improve society by pointing out overlooked problems, identifying unmet needs, and helping communities learn how to respond better to the needs of their population.
Social workers are employed in a wide variety of public and private work
- Schools (elementary and secondary)
- Family service agencies
- Criminal justice agencies
- Nursing homes
- Mental retardation services
- Child welfare agencies
- Domestic violence programs
- Public health agencies
- Child/adult day care centers
- Residential treatment programs
- Police and sheriff’s departments
- Homeless shelters
To prepare them for work in such diverse settings, BSW students receive training in many areas, such as:
- Case management
- Crisis intervention
- Program evaluation
- Community outreach
- Problem solving
How is the Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) different from degrees in other majors?
Most of the helping professions require at least a master’s degree before one can practice. In social work, however, the bachelor’s degree is considered a professional degree. BSW students have chosen to dedicate their college experience to preparing for a professional career, and therefore receive an intensive education focused on the particular work and principles relevant to social work. Other liberal arts degrees, such as sociology and psychology, offer broad-based, generalized preparation for many different careers, while the BSW provides concentrated training for working with individuals, families, groups, and communities. For information about licensing requirements in your state click here.
An essential component of the BSW program is a 480-hour field placement in a social service agency, where the student gains on-the-job experience as a professional social worker while receiving formal supervision from
experienced agency personnel.
Field placement offers students the opportunity to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with real-world job functions, and to strengthen and refine their professional skills within a supervised and supportive context. Other undergraduate field experiences generally do not include formal, professional supervision or allow students to perform professional tasks.
Students may declare the Pre-Social Work (PSWK) major at any time after being admitted to the University. During this phase, students complete the prerequisites required for application to the professional program, which typically occurs during the junior year.
Specific admission requirements are detailed on the BSW Degree Plan and in the BSW Student Handbook. Application materials may be obtained from the Social Science Department office.