School of Social Work

Rebecca Judd (Head)
Location: Henderson Hall, Room 307, 903-468-8190
School of Social Work Web Site: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/educationHumanServices/departments/socialWork/default.aspx

The school offers a broadfield major in social work, which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and leads to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The School of Social Work offers a graduate degree (MSW) for advanced social work practice.

An undergraduate major in this field prepares a student for entry level generalist social work practice and for entry into a graduate school of social work. Graduates are educationally prepared and eligible to sit for an exam to become licensed to practice professional generalist social work in Texas and many other states.

Social Workers significantly affect the lives of many people. Members of the profession provide services to people of all ages, races, creeds, and educational levels. The undergraduate professional curriculum is built upon and integrated with a liberal arts perspective. The required courses are planned to enable graduates to attain a beginning professional level of proficiency in generalist social work practice. The graduate curriculum provides students with advanced competencies to work autonomously, to  supervise others, and to serve in administrative roles.

Admission to the Undergraduate Social Work Program

Students may register for the three lower division courses (SWK 225, SWK 250 and SWK 275) without declaring the social work major and before admission to the Program. However, enrollment in most upper division social work courses is restricted to social work majors. Students will usually apply for admission to the Program late in the second semester of their sophomore year, and will be notified of their admission status prior to the beginning of the junior year.

For unconditional admission to the Program, students must have completed the three lower division social work courses and their prerequisites, and all Core Curriculum Requirements except PE courses. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, a grade of “C” or higher must have been earned in the three sophomore level social work courses for continued enrollment in the program, and the student must earn at least a “C” in all required social work courses, SOC 1301 and PSY 2301.

SWK 225 - Introduction to Social Work
Hours: 3
Introduction to Social Work. Three semester hours. Examines the historical development and current characteristics of the social welfare institution, the nature of professional social work practice, and the educational preparation for generalist social work practice; and clarifies the individual student's interest in and potential for social work practice. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302.

SWK 250 - Foundations for Practice
Hours: 3
Foundations for Practice. Three semester hours. Provides an overview of the generalist social work approach to practice. Students develop relationship-building, problem-identification and data-gathering skills which are used with all levels of client systems. Interviewing and written documentation skills are developed through videotaped interviews, role plays and written assignments. Special attention is given to ethical practice and issues of diversity. Prerequisites: SPC 1315 or 1321; concurrent enrollment with SWK 275. Corequisites: SWK 275.

SWK 275 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Hours: 3
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I. Three semester hours. Examines biophysical, psychological, and behavioral domains of human development. Individuals' and families' interactions with the environment are emphasized during each phase of the life cycle: infancy and early childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, middle adulthood, and the later years. Major theories to underpin assessment and intervention with individual and family client systems are presented, within the broader context of a systems approach. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in PSY 2301; concurrent enrollment with SWK 250.

SWK 322 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Hours: 3
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II. Three semester hours. Examines the theoretical basis for understanding groups, organizations and communities. Emphasis is placed on providing students with theoretical knowledge which can then be applied to assessing and intervening with mezzo and macro client systems. Systems theory is utilized as a framework for understanding interactions between and among social units. Prerequisites: SWK 225, 250, 275 and SOC 1301. Concurrent enrollment in SWK 328, 329,370 required; ANTH 2351 may be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. Restricted to social work majors and social welfare minors.

SWK 325 - Social Work Practice with Mezzo Systems
Hours: 3
Social Work Practice with Mezzo Systems. Three semester hours. This course teaches the application of social work skills to work with groups. Students will learn the dynamics of task and process groups and how to apply a systematic approach to the development, implementation, termination and evaluation of groups. Prerequisites: SWK 225, 250, 275, 322, 328, 329, 370. Restricted to social work majors.

SWK 328 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
Hours: 3
Social Welfare Policy and Services. Three semester hours. Students are acquainted with the social welfare institution and learn to analyze how its policies and services interact with other social forces in responding to social problems of clients at all levels of systems. Emphasis is given to the examination of how social policies affect oppressed populations. Prerequisites: SWK 225, 250, 275; PSCI 2301; HIST 1302. Concurrent enrollment in SWK 322, 329, 370 required. Restricted to social work majors and social welfare minors.

SWK 329 - Social Work Practice with Micro Systems
Hours: 3
This practice course teaches the application of social work skills with individuals and families. Students will apply a systematic approach to interviewing, assessment, intervention and evaluation of work with individuals and families. Special attention will be given to issues of diversity and ethics in practice. Skills are developed through class exercises, videotaped role plays, and written assignments. Prerequisites: SWK 225, 250, 275. Concurrent enrollment in SWK 322, 328 and 370 required. Restricted to social work majors.

SWK 331 - Social Work Practice with Macro Systems
Hours: 3
Social Work Practice with Macro Systems. Three semester hours. This practice course teaches the application of social work skills with organizations and communities. Students will apply a systematic approach to data gathering, assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation with organizations and communities. Special attention will be given to issues of diversity and ethics in practice. Skills are developed through class exercises, role plays, and written assignments. Prerequisites: SWK 225, 250, 270, 275, 322, 328, 329. Corequisites: SWK 325, SWK 348, SWK 350.

SWK 340 - Global Perspectives of Human Welfare
Hours: 3
Global Perspectives of Human Welfare. Three semester hours. (Capstone) This social work elective focuses on the development of student awareness of meeting global human needs. Students are taught to assess and plan culturally appropriate interventions as well as integrate macro theory into international social work practice. Students will be encouraged to develop awareness that they are part of an international community.

SWK 348 - Promoting Mental Health Across Populations
Hours: 3
Promoting Mental Health Across Populations - Three semester hours. This course teaches skills for understanding and promoting mental health for people with developmental disabilities, the aged, people with AIDS and other special needs. Prerequisites: SWK 322, 328, 329, 370. Restricted to social work majors. Corequisites: SWK 325, SWK 331, SWK 350.

SWK 350 - Social Work Research Methods
Hours: 3
Social Work Research Methods. Three semester hours. This course develops students' knowledge and skills in the use of research designs appropriate for the evaluation of practice with all levels of client systems. Students are also taught to critically evaluate the appropriateness of designs used in published research. Prerequisites: MATH 1314 or 1324 or 179; 8 sh US Science; SWK 225, 250, 275, 328, 329, 370. Restricted to social work majors and social welfare minors.

SWK 360 - Human Service Careers with Children
Hours: 3
Human Service Careers with Children. Three semester hours. This social work elective is designed to provide students with the knowledge base necessary for work with children/families and professionals in a multitude of human service settings. The content of this course will enhance the knowledge, values, and skills obtained in an undergraduate curriculum. Topics include the functions of a Human Service Worker, Child Protective Services, Education, Juvenile Justice, Community Agencies, Law Enforcement, Legal/Judicial, Medical, and presentation on other areas such as advocacy, client relationships and community-based agencies.

SWK 361 - Issues in Family Treatment
Hours: 3
Issues in Family Treatment. Three semester hours. This elective course is designed to enable students to understand the theories and processes of helping families. Information is provided on diverse family structures and work with families facing divorce, death, domestic violence, and other social problems.

SWK 362 - Child Welfare
Hours: 3
Child Welfare. Three semester hours. This elective course introduces the student to the practice field of child welfare. Topics include child protection laws and their enforcement, and problems of family and parent functioning that impinge on children's well-being and the policies and services that relate to these problems.

SWK 370 - Writing and Technology Skills in Social Work
Hours: 3
This course develops students' computer and writing skills for human service settings. Students will learn APA style, Web-based research, Excel, and appropriate documentation skills for practice. Prerequisites: Math 141 or 175 or 179; 6 sh US Science; SWK 225, 250, and 275. Concurrent enrollment in SWK 322, 328, 329 required. Restricted to social work majors.

SWK 422 - Integration of Practice
Hours: 3
Integration of Practice. Three semester hours. This course is designed to pull together content from SWK 250, 325, 329 and 331 by examining the generalist problem solving approach in its entirety. Assignments are made to facilitate student's application of the required skills in their field practicum settings. Students will discuss their field experiences in order to link classroom theory with agency-based practice. Prerequisites: SWK 325, 329, 331; Restricted to social work majors. Corequisites: SWK 425.

SWK 424 - Generalist Practice in the Field
Hours: 3
Generalist Practice in the Field. Three semester hours. This course provides students with a review of BSW course content, information and skills for professional development, and requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the application of social work theory in practice settings. Prerequisites: SWK 422, 425; concurrent enrollment in 426 required; restricted to social work majors. Corequisites: SWK 426.

SWK 425 - Field Instruction I
Hours: 3
Field Instruction I. Three semester hours. Students enrolled in this course participate in educationally directed field practice under supervision in a social service agency. Students must complete a total of 160 clock hours of work in the field agency. Prerequisites: SWK 225, 250, 275, 322, 325, 328, 329, 331, 348, 350, 370. Permission of the instructor is required; a GPA of 2.5 overall in the major is required to enter the field. Restricted to social work majors.

SWK 426 - Field Instruction II
Hours: 6
Field Instruction II. Six semester hours. Students enrolled in this course participate in a continuation of Field I in an educationally directed field practice experience under supervision in a social service agency. Students must complete a total of 340 clock hours of work in the field agency and must attend a weekly university instructed seminar on campus, which is designed to help students process and understand field experiences. Prerequisites: SWK 422, 425; concurrent enrollment in SWK 424; permission of the instructor is required. Restricted to social work majors. Corequisites: SWK 424.

SWK 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-6
Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Consent of program director.

SWK 490 - H Honors Thesis
Hours: 3
SWK 490 - H Honors Thesis - Hours: 3. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Note: May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Consent of department head.

SWK 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
Hours: 3
SWK 491 - H IND HONORS RDGS Hours: 3. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. Note - May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Consent of department head.

SWK 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
Special Topics. One to four semester hours. Organized class. May be repeated when topics vary.

Brian Brumley
Instructor
B.S., East Texas State University; M.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington.

Rebecca Judd
Associate Professor and Head
B.S.W., Texas AM University-Commerce; M.S.S.W., PhD., University of Texas at Arlington

Benjamin May
Assistant Professor
B.S., University of Houston Clear-Lake; M.S.W., Washington University Graduate College of Social Work; Ph.D., The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Marta Mercado-Sierra
Assistant Professor
B.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR

Brenda Moore
Associate Professor
B.S.W., Texas Christian University; M.S.S.W., Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington.

Ira Chuck Nash
Clinical Instructor
B.A., M.S.W., California State University.

Lyndsey Norris
Clinical Instructor,Title IV-E Coordinator and BSW Program Director
B.S.W., M.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington

Linda Openshaw
Professor and MSW Program Director
B.S.W., M.S.W., D.S.W., University of Utah.
Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty Member.