West Texas A&M University

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Undergraduate Social Work Program

Social Work

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S)

Program Director: Kristy Bartlett, LMSW

MISSION AND Accreditation

The mission of the baccalaureate social work (BSW) program at West Texas A&M University is to prepare students for employment as competent and effective entry-level generalist social work practitioners. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to assume professional responsibilities as change agents in a culturally diverse, global society within a rural context. With a broad liberal arts foundation, students will be prepared to engage with clients at all levels of practice, enhancing the social functioning and well-being of clients, alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life in the rural Texas panhandle region, the state, the nation, and the world.

The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The principal educational objective of the program is to prepare students for employment as beginning, entry-level generalist practitioners. Preparation of students for graduate education is a secondary objective. Social work majors are urged to consult closely with program advisers to assure proper sequencing of courses and in selection of appropriate electives.

Students are considered to be a social work major once they have applied to the program and been accepted by the Social Work Program Admissions Committee.

Requirements for licensure/certification vary from state-to-state. Our programs prepare students for certification and/or licensure in the State of Texas. We do not represent that our programs prepare students for licensure or certifications in other states.

Please note that this degree cannot be completed online, nor are all classes offered at night. Students must be able to complete a 16 - 32 hour per week internship during the day (8 - 5) over one or two semesters to complete the degree.

What is Social Work?

According to the National Association of Social Work (2016), social workers offer skills by:

  • Advocating for individual clients or the community on identified problems.
  • Serving as a broker by connecting individual with resources.
  • Creating and maintaining professional helping relationships.
  • Improving problem-solving, coping, and development capacities of all people.
  • Engage and communicating with diverse populations and groups of all sizes.
  • Having a knowledge and understanding of human relationships.

Criteria for admission into the Social Work Program

All students declaring a major in social work will be considered pre-majors prior to official admittance into the social work program through a formal application process.

  • Completion of the University core curriculum courses, including BIOL
  • ­Completion of SOCW 2315, SOCW 2361, SOCW 3301, and SOCW 3302
  • An overall cumulative WTAMU GPA of 2.25 or higher­
  • An application for admission accompanied by 1) two letters of reference from people who can attest to the student’s desire and commitment to helping others; and 2) the student’s latest unofficial transcript (available through the Buff Advisor)
  • ­A copy of the student’s program evaluation (available through Buff Advisor)

*Exceptions to these requirements will be considered on an individual basis. A letter must be attached to the application explaining the request for the exception, along with a plan regarding completion of the requirements.


Why choose WTAMU for a degree in social work?

Our students and faculty are what makes our program dynamic.  Our faculty work to get to know their students and their needs.  We care about your success in learning and work diligently to prepare you for professional social work.  This profession is of high integrity and we want to ensure our students meet that standard of integrity.

WTAMU is a beautiful campus with friendly students, staff, and faculty that students find approachable.  WTAMU continues to grow with attention to student learning outcomes, student involvement, and accountability on the part of the university. See more information about why you should choose WT!

Our program is distinct in the unique learning approaches we offer:

  • A semi-annual Field Fair, organized by our graduating students  - this event offers a chance for students to learn about services in our community, build relationships with agency representatives, and seek internships with those agencies represented.
  • End-of-life simulations (collaborated with the nursing department ) – this event offers students an experiential experience to learn about providing care at the end stage of life.  Students receive training and practice through a simulation setting.
  • Study abroad – our program is committed to offering students the opportunity to study social work in other areas of the world.  Trips are offered during May intercession and have taken our student to: New Zealand, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Hong Kong!
  • Bi-annual trip to Student Day at the Legislature in beautiful Austin, Texas.

Other collaborative and experiential learning opportunities, such as:  health fair coordination, voter registration drives, human behavior observations, diversity immersion – to name a few.