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Offered through the OLLU's Worden School of Social Service , the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is designed to prepare students for general practice as a social worker and for acceptance in to graduate school. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure by examination by the State of Texas and for full membership in the National Association of Socia Workers. The BSW program is accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), which is recognized as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories. 

Licensed BSW graduates are able to work in a variety of settings including geriatrics, health care, mental health, child welfare, disabilities, emergency assistance programs and schools. Many students pursue graduate degrees in social work, education, psychology and law. Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences, particularly among Hispanics, is key to the Worden School's mission and commitment to working with vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Classes in the BSW program are held during the evening, allowing students to still maintain their job while pursuing their degree. 

BSW Program Goal

To prepare professionally trained social workers for generalist practice with diverse populations in a way that fosters culturally competent practice with emphasis on Hispanic/Latin@ families and children.

BSW Degree, Minor and Certificates

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program combines courses in social work policy, practice and the study of human behavior with service-learning opportunities and field education experiences that prepare graduates to work with diverse populations. This program is also offered online  to provide students with flexibility. 

BSW degree plan and course descriptions

This minor, offered through the Worden School of Social Service, focuses on a variety of topics including social welfare policy, human behavior and working with diverse populations, among other topics.

This minor is frequently paired with the Criminology and Criminal Justice major. 

Social Welfare and Social Justice minor degree plan and course descriptions

Since social workers will work with many clients who have experienced violence in some aspect of their lives, the program offers a Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) certificate. This program is designed to educate students about the evolution and cycles of violence in families, systems and broader culture.

The purpose of the VPI certificate is to better prepare students for entry-level positions or for graduate training in the human services fields by acquiring knowledge about basic intervention theories and techniques. Students can complete this certificate while completing their degree. Through a sequence of prescribed courses, students will learn about the effects of trauma and violence as well as ways to prevent and combat those effects.

This interdisciplinary certificate includes courses from social work, psychology, sociology and criminal justice.

Violence Prevention and Intervention degree and course descriptions

Spanish-speaking students can earn a social work degree that emphasizes their dual-language abilities through the Biliterate Certificate Program. Students take specialized Spanish classes and fulfill a portion of their major requirements by taking classes taught in Spanish.

Learn more about the Biliterate Certificate Program

Earn Your MSW in Five Years

The 4+1 social work degree option allows students to earn their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. Students who complete their BSW degree at OLLU, or another CSWE accredited social work program, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher can earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in one year through the Advanced MSW program. 

Field Education

Field Education is an integral part of the social work program at OLLU. The Worden School has established partnerships with an extensive network of public and private social service agencies to provide students with a wide range of opportunities for internships. Students from all campuses work with the Field Education office to explore available positions and determine which are the best fit for their career goals. Learn more about Field Education .

SBIRT Program

Students in the BSW program benefit from the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Competency and Dissemination project, a collaborative project between the Social Work and Psychology programs at OLLU. SBIRT serves as an early intervention for individuals struggling with substance abuse and those at risk of developing substance abuse disorders. SBIRT curricula is integrated into programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Learn more about the SBIRT program at OLLU.

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to declare social work as a major can do so with the Registrar's Office. Self-declared students may enroll for a maximum of 18 semester hours of social work courses:

  • SOWK 1300
  • SOWK 2300
  • SOWK 3321
  • SOWK 3331
  • SOWK 3332 or
  • SOWK 3333

Formal admission to the program requires:

  • A completed BSW application
  • Checklist
  • Overall GPA of 2.0, a social work GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Signed Student Code of Conduct Form, which acknowledges one's commitment to NASW Code of Ethics.

Applications for formal admission to the BSW Program are processed when students have completed six semester hours of social work courses at the Worden School of Social Service. Applications and handbooks can be obtained from the Worden School of Social Service office.

Program Continuation 

For continuation in the program, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in social work courses after 12 semester hours in the major and be formally admitted into the program. Records are reviewed at the end of each grading period. Enrollment in field education courses requires successful completion of 27 hours in social work with a 2.5 GPA in major courses and permission of the BSW Program Director. 

A 2.5 GPA in the major is also required for graduation. Courses in the major and minor must be taken for a grade. A Pass/Fail grade for social work courses can only be taken for the field education courses. With the exception of the field education courses, "C" grade or better must be earned on all social work courses. A "P" grade must be earned for the field education courses. 

A student who fails to maintain a satisfactory performance level will be notified in writing of termination in the major. Readmission must be approved by a faculty panel.


Additional BSW Information

BSW Assessment of Learning Outcomes BSW Forms and Resources