Feb 21, 2024  

Social Work - Spanish Track Option, BSW

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Bachelor of Social Work

Dawn McCarty, Ph.D., LMSW, Program Director
Room C345, 713-221-2729

Social Work Academic Advisor
Justin Burton, MSW


Professor: Goltz, McCarty
Associate Professor: Smith
Assistant Professor: Goins, Lane, Savani

Mission and Objectives

The Mission of UHD’s Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare future Social Workers as change agents committed to inclusion, equity, and justice through innovation, collaboration, and service.​

The Vision of the Program is to create a community that heals, nurtures, and enhances wellbeing for all people.​​​

The program goals are:

  • Model a caring and collaborative educational environment where students, faculty, and staff are valued for their strengths, background, and life experiences.
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain awareness of their thoughts and feelings and critically reflect on their alignment with social work values.
  • Equip future social workers for anti-oppressive practice and leadership in diverse communities through innovative classroom practice and learning.
  • Nurture intellectual curiosity, demystify graduate education, and promote community through professional organizations for life-long learning and service. 


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
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) in Practice
  • 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 if you choose the Spanish Track option::

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 CSWE-accredited 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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