Getting your degree in Social Work at TTU
Admission to Texas Tech University and to the College of Arts and Sciences is to be accomplished through the procedures listed in the current University Catalog. A student who intends to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and has completed fewer than 60 hours of coursework should declare as a pre-social work major through the College of Arts and Sciences. Upon successful completion of a minimum of 60 hours, a student will be listed as a social work major. Normally, a pre-social work major will become a social work major at the time thier degree plan is filed with the College of Arts and Sciences.
The advisor for the Social Work Program is Mr. LD Harper; he may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. We recommend that you meet with her as soon as possible after declaring your major and every long semester thereafter.
The Social Work Major
In addition to the CoreCurriculum requirements of the university and the General Education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, social work majors are expected to complete the following:
If you are in the 2012-13 catalog or later: Human Biology (choose BIOL 1402 or ANTH 2300/2100 or BOTH BIOL 1403 & 1404), statistics (choose either MATH 2300, SOC 3391, or PSY 3400), SW 1300, 2301, 3311, 3312, 3331, 3332, 3333, 3339, 4311, 4340, and 4611 as well as an 18 hour minor.
If you are in a catalog prior to 2012-13: SOC 1301, Human Biology (choose BIOL 1402 or ANTH 2300/2100 or BOTH BIOL 1403 & 1404), statistics (choose either MATH 2300, SOC 3391, or PSY 3400), SW 2301, 3311, 3312, 3331, 3332, 3333, 3339, 4311, 4340, and 4611 as well as an 18 hour minor.
Social Work Courses:
- SW 1300: The Why and How of Social Services (new in Fall 2012)
- SW 2301: Introduction to Social Work
- SW 3311: Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Systems
- SW 3312: Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Lifespan (with or after human biology)
- SW 3331: Social Work with Diverse Populations
- SW 3332: Social Work Practice: Interaction Skills
- SW 3333: Social Work Practice: Macro Systems
- SW 3339: Social Work Research and Evaluation (may be taken with either SW 3332 or SW 3333, but only after Statistics)
- SW 4311: Social Policy and Social Welfare Legislation
- SW 4340: Field Placement Integrative Seminar
- SW 4611: Field Experience
Important notes about course sequencing: Several courses in the social work curriculum have sequencing requirements. Only students accepted for candidacy can enroll in SW 3332. Only students who have successfully completed SW 3332 may enroll in SW 3333. Further, SW 3332 & 3333 must be complete before a student enrolls in the field placement courses (SW 4340 & 4611). More information on course sequencing as well as candidacy can be found in the Student Handbook.
The Social Work Minor
Students majoring in other fields sometimes choose to enhance their educational programs by selecting a minor in social work. A minor in social work could by a particularly helpful adjunct for nursing students, education majors, psychology majors, sociology majors, pre-med students, political scinece majors and students in several areas of human sciences. It should be noted that a minor in social work does not allow an individual to sit for the social work licensure exam or refer to themself as a "social worker" upon graduation.
Most students minoring in social work need to take the following courses:
If you are in the 2012-13 catalog or later: SW 1300, 2301, 3311, 3312, 3331 and EITHER SW 3339 (statistics prerequisite required) OR SW 4311.
If you are in a catalog prior to 2012-13: SOC 1301*, Human Biology* (choose BIOL 1402 or ANTH 2300/2100 or BOTH BIOL 1403 & 1404), SW 2301, 3311, 3312, 3331.
*If this course is required as part of a student's major, then SW 3339 (statistics prerequisite required) or SW 4311 should be substituted.