Social Work

The principal educational objective of the program leading to a Bachelor of Social Work degree is preparation of students for generalist social work practice. This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and qualifies graduates for the licensing examination for Social Work under Texas law. No academic credit is awarded for life experiences in this degree program. 

Requirements for admission, retention, and successful completion of the program are described in the Social Work Program Student Handbook and include a 2.5 overall GPA.

The Bachelor of Social Work Degree

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
SOCW 2362Social Welfare in America3
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 3300Methods and Skills of Interviewing3
SOCW 3303Social Work with Diverse Populations3
SOCW 3306 [WI] Social Welfare Policy3
SOCW 3314 [WI] Methods of Social Work Research3
SOCW 3316Practice I3
SOCW 3320Service Learning3
SOCW 3329Human Behavior and Social Environment I3
SOCW 3339Human Behavior and Social Environment II3
SOCW 4312Practice II3
BIOL 1406 [shared] Biology for Science Majors 2
BIOL 2401 [shared] Anatomy and Physiology I 2
or BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II
SOCI 1301 [shared] Introductory Sociology 2
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
SPAN 1411Beginning Spanish I4
SPAN 1412Beginning Spanish II4
Electives from SOCI, SOCW, CRIJ, PBHL, PSYC6
Electives7
Total Hours99
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
General Social Work
SOCW 4622Field Placement I6
SOCW 4623Field Placement II6
Advanced SOCW Electives9
Total Hours21
Child Welfare
SOCW 3377Alcohol and Drug Abuse3
SOCW 4311Child Welfare3
Advanced SOCW Elective3
SOCW 4632Child Welfare Practicum12
Total Hours21
1

Please see Academic Information section.

2

Course may be counted toward general education requirement.

Courses

SOCW 2361. Introduction to Social Work. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This is an introductory course that focuses on the foundation of social work as a profession. Areas pertaining to the holistic, historical, core values, developmental, and ethics are heavily addressed within this course. Additional emphasis will provide aspects of practice with a concentration on the generalist perspective and working with at risks populations.

SOCW 2362. Social Welfare in America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to provide a general introduction to human services in the United States. Emphasis is on services and programs directed at the most vulnerable populations in our society. The historical impact of political, economic, and social pressures on the delivery of human services will be explored. Race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status are considered in an effort to understand the need for various human services and social welfare programs. Barriers to services based on stereotypes and biases will also be examined.

SOCW 3300. Methods and Skills of Interviewing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This pre-professional course will introduce students to the Generalist Social Work Practice Model. Beginning social work skills introduced include the principles of conducting the helping interview, including initial client contact, attending and listening, empathetic responses, exploration and elaboration, questioning, gaining cooperation, self-disclosure, and termination on the micro, mezzo, and macro practice levels. Issues of problem-solving with diverse populations and persons from different cultural backgrounds as well as ethical issues of helping relationships are explored. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in SWK 2361 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SOCW 3303. Social Work with Diverse Populations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will familiarize the student with the cultural roots of the diverse ethnic groups that make up American society, tracing the process of acculturation that characterizes their American experience.

SOCW 3306. Social Welfare Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course helps students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively advocate for policy changes that promote social justice and to analyze policy to determine its effect on client populations and agency programs and services. Prerequisites: SOCW 2362 and SOCW 3320 with a C or higher.

SOCW 3310. Social Work with Aging Populations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will use a competency-based approach to preparing students to engage in social work practice with aging populations. The focus will be on the four domains of geriatric competencies adopted by the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative. The four domains are: 1) values, ethics, and theoretical perspectives; 2) assessment; 3) intervention; 4) aging services, programs, and policies. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of Director of Social Work Program.

SOCW 3311. Social Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Utilizes major theoretical perspectives from sociology to explore causes and consequences of contemporary social issues in American society such as alienation, family stresses, poverty, unemployment and technological change.

SOCW 3314. Methods of Social Work Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Principles of the scientific method for building knowledge of and evaluating practice. Topics include: ethical and cultural issues in research; research design and methodology; quantitative and qualitative research strategies; evaluation of practice; critical evaluation of published research; and completion and reporting of research projects. Prerequisites: Completion of SOCW 3320 & SOCW 3306 with a grade of C or higher.

SOCW 3316. Practice I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is on theories and methodologies needed for generalist social work practice with individuals and small groups. Critical evaluation of the value base of the social work profession and basic practice concepts for understanding a variety of intevention models in diverse settings will be explored. Prerequisite: Admission to the Social Work Program and completion of SOCW 3300 with a grade of “C” or higher, and concurrent enrollment or completion of SOCW 3329 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SOCW 3320. Service Learning. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4-12 Hours).

Each student will identify and respond to a community/neighborhood challenge through volunteer, service learning work with a non-profit community agency and/or under direct supervision of the instructor. Volunteer work may be accomplished I the student’s home neighborhood or community. Students will engage in supervised individual hours of service activities and have the opportunity to reflect on the responses to those problems. Prerequisites: SOCW 2362 or SOCW 2361.

SOCW 3329. Human Behavior and Social Environment I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Using an ecological/systems, developmental, and strengths framework, this course provides an integrated look at the bio-psycho-social spiritual factors influencing human development focusing on human functioning from conception through adolescence. Students will be exposed to theories and knowledge for practice across all system levels (individual, family, group, community, and society) of generalist practice. Cultural factors affecting human functioning, as well as implications for social work practice are explored. Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in SOCW 3300, PSYC 2301, SOCI 1301, and one course in biology (BIOL 1406, 1407, 2401, or 2402).

SOCW 3339. Human Behavior and Social Environment II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a continuation of Human Behavior and the Social Environment I with an emphasis on theories and knowledge about human functioning from adolescence through the end of life. Using an ecological/systems, developmental, and strengths framework, this course provides an integrated look at the bio-psycho-social spiritual factors influencing human development. Students will be exposed to theories and knowledge for practice across all system levels (individual, family, group, community, and society) of generalist practice. Values and ethical issues are included. Prerequisite: SOCW 3329.

SOCW 3377. Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus on psychoactive substances of use and abuse including: alcohol, legal/illegal drugs, and their impact on individuals, families, and society. Models of addiction, society's attitudes, and services for persons and families are explored.

SOCW 4059. International Social Work. 3-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Provides students with an understanding of social work practice and social welfare policies from an international perspective. The implications of globalization and its impact on social welfare policies and social work practice will be examined. Trategies for inter-cultural social work practice and methods of combating discrimination also will be examined. Students may have the opportunity to travel outside the U.S. in order to become familiar with social welfare policies and programs from an international perspective. Approval of the Director of the Social Work Program is required prior to enrollment.

SOCW 4085. Social Work Seminar. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Intensive studies of current trends and issues related to professional social work practice, social service delivery, and populations at risk. May repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of the Social Work Program Director.

SOCW 4086. Problems in Social Work. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Independent reading and research on various social work-related topics. Entry into the course will be arranged by Social Work Program Director.

SOCW 4311. Child Welfare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the practice of social work in a child welfare context. This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of social work practice settings in child welfare. Past and present child welfare policies and programs will be examined.

SOCW 4312. Practice II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus is on integrating theoretical concepts and frameworks with the practice of social change at community, society, and global levels. Models of community organization--community development, social action, and social planning will be emphasized including methods of resource delivery and redistribution. Prerequisites: Student must be admitted to the Social Work Program. SOCW 3300, SOCW 3320, SOCW 3329, and SOCW 3316 with a grade of C or higher.

SOCW 4313. Human Rights. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Using the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights as a basis, this course examines human rights and human rights violations using a global perspective.

SOCW 4314. Medical and Health Care Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Intensive study of current trends and issues related to professional health care practice, service delivery, and populations at risk. Provides an opportunity to explore the many ways in which issues related to health, illness, and disability policies including cultural factors impact clients, families, and society. Appropriate ways for health care professionals to understand and intervene in these areas will be discussed. Credit for both SOCI 4314 and SOCW 4314 will not be awarded.

SOCW 4315. Social Work Values and Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The focus of this course is to encourage and assist students in the development of an ethical framework for social work practice. This framework requires students to develop a better understanding of and the ability to manage the ethical issues and dilemmas they will encounter in social work practice. The course integrates concepts related to social values and ethics, diversity, promotion of social and economic justice, and empowerment of human beings. Additionally, the course allows students to apply the NASW Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics of the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners to multi-faceted ethical dilemmas.

SOCW 4321. Death and Dying. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The ramifications of death, including the experiences and rights of the dying and the significance to those who mourn. Using major sociology theories, focuses on the meaning to society of the reality and symbolism of death. Credit for both SOCW 4321 and SOCI 4321 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCW 4352. Women's Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines the role of women from a global perspective. Focuses on specific issues that affect the everyday lives of women. Special attention is given to the differential and unequal treatment of women based on age, race, social class, and cultural differences.

SOCW 4622. Field Placement I. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 16 Hours).

This course is designed to provide application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement is arranged with social work faculty. A weekly seminar is scheduled along with agency placement. At Tarleton, approximately 16 hours a week for 14 weeks of the semester is the requirement. This total will culminate in a total of 225 hours per semester. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the field program and completion of SOCW 2362, 3316, 3320 and 3339.

SOCW 4623. Field Placement II. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 16 Hours).

This course requires the application and integration of academic learning and development of skills within a field setting. Placement arranged with social work faculty. A weekly seminar is scheduled along with agency placement. A total of 450 hours (225 each semester) is required in the field agency. Prerequisites: Completion of SOCW 4622 with a grade of "C" or higher.

SOCW 4632. Child Welfare Practicum. 12 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 27 Hours).

A practicum limited to students in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program. Provides students with an opportunity to integrate theory and develop practice skills in a child welfare setting. Requires a minimum of 450 hours be completed in a professionally supervised State of Texas Child Protective Services setting. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Title IV-E Child Welfare Program, completion of all required social work courses.

Dr. Edward Randle, Director
Social Work Program
O.A. Grant Building, Room 341
Box T-0655
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9276
randle@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/socialwork

Assistant professors

  • Beaty
  • Ferrales
  • Hall
  • Jones
  • Prather
  • Pratt
  • Randle
  • Smith