Aug 16, 2022  

Social Work - Spanish Track Option, BSW

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Bachelor of Social Work

Dawn McCarty, PhD, LMSW, Program Director
Room C345, 713-221-2729

Social Work Program Advisor
Damaris Cortez,


Professor: Wernet
Associate Professor: Goltz, McCarty
Assistant Professor: Goins, Smith
Lecturer: Cortez, Savani

Mission and Objectives

The Mission of UHD’s Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare entry-level social workers for evidence-based, justice-oriented, generalist practice in an urban environment.

The Vision of the Program is to prepare Social Workers to address 21st century issues in the global environment.

The BSW program at UHD focuses on preparing a generalist social worker so that upon graduation the student is prepared to work with clients in a variety of settings. Social workers operate in school, hospital, mental health, juvenile justice settings, and more performing tasks such as case management, client advocacy, and counseling.

The program goals are:

  1. To provide access to social work education to students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic statuses, and prepare students for future professional development and graduate study.
  2. To educate entry-level practitioners to the social work profession with an emphasis on its unique history, values, and ethical base
  3. To prepare baccalaureate-level social workers for culturally-sensitive, generalist practice in an interconnected world
  4. To promote understanding of urban and global social problems while preparing professional workers to empower, advocate, and otherwise meet the needs of marginalized populations and work for organizational and social change


The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Program Competencies

Graduates who earn a BSW will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Common Core Requirements (42 hours)

See listing under Common Core Requirements  in this Catalog. It is recommended that for the Common Core, Behavioral Science requirement, a student take one of the following courses: ANTH 2302 , PSY 1303 SOC 1303 , SOCW 2361 , or SOCW 2363   as each meets program requirements. If one of these courses is taken as part of the common core requirement, the student will have one additional free elective. 


*Indicates course is open to non-majors, prerequisites will apply as indicated in catalog

Required Supporting Coursework


Required Electives (6 hours)

Electives are an important part of the degree program and should be selected in consultation with the Social Work advisor.

If not taken in the Core, the two following courses must be taken as Free Electives:

Transfer Credit

All social work courses taken at another CSWE-accredited Social Work program will be evaluated for transfer credit eligibility. Depending upon the courses’ learning objectives and content, a maximum of 15 hours of social work courses from other CSWEaccredited programs may be accepted for transfer as social work credit toward the University of Houston-Downtown Social Work degree. These courses will transfer for social work credit only if the student earned a C or better in them. Practice courses and field courses will not transfer for social work credit but may transfer as free electives.

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