Aug 16, 2022  

Social Work, 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

The Bachelor of Social Work requires a minimum of 120 hours. For degree completion, at least 30 hours in the degree must be completed in residence at UH-Downtown. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 both at UH-Downtown and in the Social Major, and a grade of C or better in all Social Work courses are required for graduation. Students accepted into the program must meet with the Social Work advisor during the first semester, and at least once each semester thereafter, to develop and review her/ his official Degree Plan. Students should note that many Social Work courses must be taken in sequence and may not be available every semester.

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 (9 hours)

Any Anthropology or Sociology course.
Any Psychology course.

Required Major Electives (6 hours)

Select any two of the following:

Free Electives (18 hours)

Electives are an important part of the degree program and should be selected in consultation with the Social Work advisor. Free electives may be taken from any department at any level, with the following restrictions: Developmental courses (ENG 1300 , MATH 0300 , and MATH 1300 ) do not apply to graduation requirements; If a student takes one of the following courses as part of their Common Core, Behavioral Science requirement, (s)he will have 21 hours of free electives: ANTH 2302 , PSY 1303 , SOC 1303 , SOCW 2361 , or SOCW 2363 .

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