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Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies


Locations Available

  • 1Admission to the off-campus locations such as Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online require a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA and that a student be TSI complete.





The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) is the only undergraduate degree that enables you to become a licensed Social Worker. This program prepares you for licensure examination by the State of Texas as social workers, with immediate entry upon graduation into direct human service professional positions. The B.S.W. program at Tarleton State University meets rigorous academic standards that ensure the professional competency of graduates. In addition, students can select a specific concentration:

A minor in Social Work is also available.

Preparing You to Make a Difference

The B.S.W. program prepares students to become effective social work practitioners who are committed to enhancing the well-being of marginalized populations while incorporating the profession’s core values, which are identified by the National Association of Social Workers as:

  • Service
  • Social Justice
  • Dignity and Worth of the Person
  • Importance of Human Relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence


Related Programs

Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

Plan Your Future

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

As B.S.W. graduates of Tarleton State University, alumni have found employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • Nursing Homes/Hospice Agencies
  • Substance Abuse Programs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Service
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Medical Social Work
  • Child Welfare Social Work
  • Criminal Justice Agencies/Courts
Social Work students

Real Experience

Through this program, students will complete an internship of over 450 hours in a community human service setting or with an approved organization, and will be able to integrate and apply skills learned throughout their coursework. In addition, there are several opportunities for students to present research at the National Association of Social Workers and other research symposiums, as well as submit scholarly articles to journals across the field, including the Journal of Social Work and New Social Worker Magazine.

Program Objectives

The goals of the Tarleton Social Work Program are to teach students to:

  • Engage in evidence-based, generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations within a multicultural society
  • Practice according to the values, ethical principles, and standards that guide the social work profession
  • Actively influence social policies through individual and organizational advocacy with an emphasis on alleviating poverty, oppression, and social and economic inequities affecting disadvantaged populations
  • Identify, assess, and utilize the bio-psycho-social, spiritual, and cultural factors to effectively work with an emphasis on Hispanic, military, and rural populations in North and Central Texas
  • Practice from a culturally-sensitive perspective that recognizes and appreciates one's own culture, along with populations representing diverse cultures

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work
SOCW 2362 Social Welfare in America
SOCW 3300 Methods and Skills of Interviewing
SOCW 3303 Social Work with Diverse Populations
SOCW 3306 Social Welfare Policy
SOCW 3310 Social Work with Aging Populations
SOCW 3314 Methods of Social Work Research
SOCW 3320 Service Learning

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Shallen Stickney, social work student
Choosing to earn my social work degree from Tarleton was the best decision I could make for not only my future as a social worker, but for myself, and my family. The classes challenge you mentally and ensure you are prepared for your professional career. I have never met professors like the TSU social work program has that wants students to succeed just as much as the students themselves do. This program embodies not only the social work values, but the values set forth by Tarleton, as well.

Shallen Stickney, Current BSW Student

Facilities and Features

Social Work students on a study abroad trip

Study Abroad

Study Abroad opportunities allow students to gain a global perspective through travel and coursework. During study abroad, students may stay with families, meet other social work students, and learn about social service in other countries. Most recently, students traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. 

Students at a rally

Student Social Work Association (SSWA)

The purpose of the SSWA is to work for the greater good of the Tarleton campus community and the local community. SSWA is an active organization that conducts fundraising for non-profit agencies and charities, and encourages volunteering for community groups.

Professor with students in a classroom

Child Welfare Project

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Project offers students an opportunity to receive individual specialized training in child welfare, including placement in a supervised intensive field practicum setting with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service. In exchange for a funded internship, the Title IV-E grant recipient is require upon graduation to fulfill an employment contract with Child Protective Service.

Students gathered at a table talking

Phi Alpha Honor Society

The purposes of the Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and offers membership to those who have attained excellence.