Social work is a helping profession. As a social work major, you will study the how and why of helping individuals, groups, families, communities, and organizations who are encountering problems and are struggling with life in our society. The Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares students for professional generalist social work practice as well as for graduate studies. UMHB’s social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which means that graduates of the program are eligible for state licensure as social workers and also for Advanced Standing in MSW programs.
When I first came to UMHB, I was unsure about what I wanted to major in. With the help of professors and friends, I’ve found a major that I am passionate about. Each class I take is reassurance of the choice I made, and that makes me thankful.
Why should I choose Social Work?
The BSW degree helps you learn to think critically, identify problems and solutions, and empower people in need by mobilizing personal and community resources.
What are some courses I will take?
- Social Work Practice with Individuals
- Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
- Human Diversity
- Death and Dying
Protecting Children is Her Passion
Chelsea Smith, a 2017 graduate of the Social Work program, had two job offers two weeks prior to graduation. Within one year of joining the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) as a Child Protective Services Conservatorship Specialist, Chelsea had already been promoted to investigator and was recognized by the agency for her commendable casework. “I credit most of my success to being involved in UMHB’s Social Work Advisory Board,” Chelsea said of the board in which she remains involved. “If it wasn’t for UMHB’s Social Work program connections and opportunities, I would not be near as successful as I am today. I am truly blessed to have had professors who were former professionals in the social work field."
What are some career options?
With a degree in Social Work, your future is open to many job opportunities:
- Adoption or Foster Care Case Manager
- Camp and Retreat Specialist
- Children’s Case Manager
- Hospital Clinical Social Worker
- Therapist/Clinical Social Work
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB Social Work students have found careers in many different places:
- Baylor Scott & White Medical Center
- Bell County Mental Health Indigent Defense Program
- Bexar County Adult Detention
- Family Abuse Center, Waco
- The Menninger Clinic, Houston
Where can I go to grad school?
If you'd like to continue your education, here are some great options:
- Baylor University
- Texas A&M Commerce
- University of Texas at Arlington
- University of Texas at Austin
- University of Southern California
Why study social work at UMHB?
The UMHB social work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through the year 2022.
Social work graduates typically achieve average-to-significantly-above-average scores on the Foundation Curriculum Assessment Instrument (FCAI) of the Social Work Education Assessment Project (SWEAP).
Six out of ten UMHB social work graduates go on to further their studies in a graduate degree program.
The Social Work Club received the UMHB Student Organization’s award for Most Valuable Organization in 2017.