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Bachelor of Social Work Program

BSW Curriculum

The BSW curriculum requires 39 hours of social work courses covering a variety of topics including social work practice, human behavior in social environment, social policy, research and field work experience. Students may also choose a minor area of study including but not limited to the minor African American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Women's Studies, Disabilities, or a Certificate in Diversity.

In addition to the course requirements of UT Arlington and the School of Social Work, each student in the BSW program must

  1. maintain at least a 2.5 overall GPA in all coursework;
  2. make at least a C or better in all Social Work courses;
  3. demonstrate suitability for professional social work practice;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of and adherence to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers and the Code of Conduct for Social Work Practice in Texas.

Regarding items #1 and #2, if a student would like to appeal a grade earned in a social work course, the procedures are outlined in the School of Social Work’s Professional Standards Committee’s Policies and Procedures. These are included in the BSW Program Manual. At such time as questions are raised by Social Work faculty, Social Work staff, field instructors, fellow students or community members regarding a student's violation of #3 or #4 of the above requirements, the student will be notified and will be provided the opportunity to respond using the procedures outlined in the School of Social Work’s Professional Standards Committee’s Policies and Procedures. These are included in the BSW Program Manual.

Field Work Experience

The BSW program requires two consecutive semesters of field experience in a single human service agency. The field experience is generally completed during a student’s last two semesters. Each semester consists of 240 clock hours as a social work intern as well as concurrent enrollment in a weekly, two-hour, on-campus seminar. Field placements are arranged through the Office of Field Education after students are formally advised by a BSW program advisor as to field eligibility. Students must attend field placement orientation and submit a field placement application. Students will learn of these processes and due dates through emails sent to their official UT Arlington email addresses (MavMail).

Assignment of students to field agencies is the responsibility of the school’s. The final decision as to whether a particular student is placed in a particular agency rests with the human service agency offering the internship. Although every possible effort is made to involve students in the placement process, students do not make the final decision as to where they are placed. All student assignments are tentative and contingent upon the student’s interview with the agency.

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