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Bachelor of Social Work Program

BSW Manual

Welcome from the Director

Welcome  to the Bachelor of Social Work at the UTA School of Social Work (UTASSW). We know you have many choices in your education and are pleased that you have chosen us. The BSW program is acclaimed as one of the most affordable bachelor programs in social work and the demand for social workers is growing faster than average. Our BSW program includes courses parallel to those taught in our nationally ranked Master’s of Social Work Program. These courses are taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are leading scholars in many areas of social work and social welfare. Students in these programs have an opportunity to take a variety of courses from instructors committed to social justice, social work education, and the advancement of the social work profession.

I join the whole faculty in welcoming you to our BSW program at UTA; I look forward to working with you to help make your experience enjoyable, productive, and rewarding.


Dr. Regina Praetorius Regina T. Praetorius, PhD, LMSW-AP
Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor

About the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)

The BSW Program

  • Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

    The BSW program at the UTASSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). As such, our program prepares students to actively

    promote human and community well-being through their future roles as professional social workers. Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work’s purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons (CSWE, 2015, p. 5).

    The program is guided by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS)  of CSWE that includes the competencies students are expected to achieve upon graduation. These competencies are reflected in the learning outcomes for each of the courses offered.

  • BSW Program Mission and Goals

    The overall aim of the BSW program is to prepare generalist social workers to serve the needs of a diverse population while promoting social justice in the public, private not-for-profit, and for-profit sectors.

    The BSW Program operates from a base of four goals, each relating directly to the University’s mission as well as preparing for entry-level social work practice:

    1. Prepare BSW students for generalist social work practice.
    2. Prepare BSW students for leadership and service to individuals and communities.
    3. Prepare BSW students to be broadly educated, critically engaged and socially conscious citizens in society.
    4. Prepare BSW students for graduate studies in social work, as well as degree programs in other fields.
  • BSW Curriculum
  • BSW Course Descriptions
  • Becoming a BSW Major
  • BSW Advising
  • BSW Field (Internship/Practicum)
  • Student Success
    • Professional Standards
    • Student Success Referrals

      The Office of Student Success exists to support the academic and professional success of our students. At times, their progress may be impeded by behaviors considered below standard. There are professional standards we expect students to demonstrate in the classroom, in the field and in communication with others. These include the standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, the Code of Conduct prescribed by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, the UTA Code of Conduct and Honor Code, and the School of Social Work Professional Standards. Additionally, as stated in the Code of Conduct for UTA, “all students are expected and required to obey federal, state, and local laws, to comply with the Regents' Rules and Regulations, with The University of Texas System and institutional rules and regulations, with directives issued by an administrative official of the UT System or institution in the course of his or her authorized duties, and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an academic institution.” These Codes and Standards, therefore, serve as criteria for students' behavior during classes, volunteer work, and field practicum work while at UTA. For the purpose referring students who may not be meeting these standards, a referral form is available. These standards are organized and operationalized around behavior, self-disclosure/awareness, communication, and emotional and mental abilities. Within each category are listed areas of concern which may indicate that a student is unable, or unwilling, to follow the aforementioned Professional Standards. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be amended by faculty as needed.

    • Undergraduate Grade Grievances

      The UTA School of Social Work follows the policies and procedures of UTA pursuant to grade grievances. Individual course instructors retain primary responsibility for assigning grades. The instructor’s judgment is final unless compelling information shows: 

      1. Preferential Treatment
        Example: Providing exceptions or benefits to one or more students but not to all students in the class.
      2. Procedural Irregularities
        Example: Failure to follow a requirement described in a course syllabus, adding a new requirement, or using criteria for grades that are not on the syllabus or in the university catalog.

      Grade grievances can only be filed for the above reasons. Only the final course grade may be appealed. There are no appeals for individual assignments and assignments will not be re-graded.

      Any grievances alleging discrimination committed by faculty should be referred to the Equal Opportunity Services for investigation.

      To file a grade grievance, please follow the instructions in the Undergraduate Grade Grievance Form. For a full copy of the policy and procedure for undergraduate grievances, please refer to the Professional Standards policy.

    • Writing Resources
    • Plagiarism

      Academic honesty is highly prized at the School of Social Work. Plagiarism and the inappropriate use of an author's material are considered serious violations of scholarly and professional ethics. All instances of suspected plagiarism will be referred to the Office of  Student Conduct using their procedures.

      Plagiarism can be defined as the failure to give proper credit to authors for their information, ideas, or words found in published or written materials, such as journals, books, monographs, handbooks, manuals, or other scholarly papers. Credit is considered complete if authors are identified in the text and in the reference list. Citations should contain all identifying information and conform to one of the style manuals for scholarly publications such as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

      Additionally, students may not use five or more consecutive words from another source without  properly citing and referencing the original author or authors. Quotations of five or more words from authors' published or written material must be (a) enclosed in quotation marks if quotations contain fewer than 40 words or (b) indented five spaces on the left if the quotation contains more than 40 words. Students must submit original work. It is also a violation of plagiarism to purchase a paper from another source and submit it as your original work.

      Students may paraphrase the ideas of other sources, but students must also list the author(s) and date of publication in the text of students' written material and include all identifying information in the reference list. Paraphrasing from printed materials is appropriate if students' wording contains the authors' correct ideas and information and the authors are properly cited by name, date of publication and so forth.

      Paraphrasing is considered plagiarism if students' written material is similar to form and word structure of authors' original works. For example, plagiarism exists if a student copies an author's sentences or paragraphs but changes every fifth word to avoid the rule on quotations mentioned above.

    • UTA Libraries Social Work Librarian
    • Scholarships
  • Student Involvement and Well-Being

School of Social Work Additional Student Policies

  • Non-Discrimination

    No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, disabilities or veteran status, be denied employment or admission, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity which it sponsors or conducts. The University shall not tolerate any behavior or verbal or physical conduct by any administrator, supervisor, and faculty or staff member, which constitutes sexual harassment. If a student believes discrimination has occurred, he/she should contact Equal Opportunity Services

  • Attendance

    At The University of Texas at Arlington, taking attendance is not required. Rather, each faculty member is free to develop his or her own methods of evaluating students’ academic performance, which includes establishing course-specific policies on attendance. Instructors will provide, as part of course syllabi, any other absence and lateness policies they establish.

  • Student Rights

    The following policies, procedures, and guidelines describe student rights and responsibilities while enrolled at the UTA School of Social Work.

    1. Students have the right to organize in their own interest.
    2. All standing committees (with the exceptions of the Executive Committee, Faculty Development and Review Committee—Tenure Track, Faculty Development and Review Committee—Non-Tenure Track, Faculty Annual and Post-Tenure Review Committee, Committee on Committees, and the Professional Standards Committee) shall have student members. Full and meaningful participation is expected.
    3. Students will not be prohibited from exercising their rights to Constitutional and lawful activity. This expressly includes freedom of speech and dissent.
  • Student Files

    Student records are stored electronically.  Another person may not see a student’s record unless the student gives written permission. Faculty and staff members of the University have access to student educational records in performance of regular duties.

    The School may confirm that a student (or graduate) is enrolled in school (or has graduated), but requests for additional information will be honored only at the request of the student (or graduate) unless the inquiring agency has provided a stipend, with this stipulation, for the student.

    Written evaluations by the field instructor are to be shared with the student and the student is to have the option of expressing in writing, as part of the evaluation document, any difference or exception that he/she wishes to take to the evaluation.

  • Student Membership on Committees

    There are several opportunities for student representation on School of Social Work Committees. Elections to these positions are through the Committee on Committees and the Office of Advising and Student Success.

  • MyMav Student Information System

This  handbook is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provision of the handbook does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and the University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas System, or the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. The University reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, change fees, rules, calendars, curriculum, degree programs, degree requirements, graduation procedures and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

Students are held individually responsible for complying with all requirements of the rules and regulations of the University and the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System. Failure to read and comply with policies, regulations, and procedures will not exempt students from whatever penalties they may incur.