HomeAcademics at HSUUndergraduate Major & Minor ProgramsSocial Work Degree Social Work Degree Why Social Work? Are you seeking an education that leads to high-demand, fast-paced, challenging career opportunities? Are you concerned about equity and justice? Do you have a heart for serving others? Want to work in a growing professional field, become a licensed professional in your graduating semester, and obtain employment utilizing your degree from HSU? What about credit toward a graduate degree while completing your undergraduate work? Being a social worker means serving people who are vulnerable, oppressed, or marginalized, and addressing the conditions of society at the very core of injustice. Social Work is a dynamic profession which has the fundamental commitment of helping people and communities solve problems. It is a unique profession, comprised of people who want to make a difference in the world, who create effective, palpable change, and promote equity and justice for all people through evidence-based, holistic practices. Social workers are found in many fields of practice: mental health, medical, schools, governmental agencies, and the military, addiction and recovery, geriatric care, children and families, foster and adoption. In the HSU Social Work Department, the faculty & staff are passionate about, and highly invested in student success and professionalism, while providing a variety of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. You can find great information with details about Social Work as a profession here: https://www.socialworkguide.org/careers/ The Social Work Program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education, consecutively since 1985. Contact Us Melissa Milliorn Professor of Social Work, Department Head of Social Work Request Information Loading... Majors Social Work (B.B.S.) Social Work & Psychology (B.S.) Minors Social Work Minor Why study Social Work at HSU? Interactive & Service Learning Experiences Smaller classes mean students are given a more interactive learning environment, opportunities for enhanced service learning experiences locally (like providing prom dresses for local under-served teens), around the State of Texas, nationally, and even internationally, and a higher quality of pre-professional development. Preparedness Graduates of the HSU Social Work program are accepted to graduate schools (100%), pass the licensing exam (100%), and professionally employed (100%) at exceptionally high rates. Our graduates seeking the Master’s in Social Work degree typically will complete the MSW within 3 semesters of graduating from HSU Social Work, due to ‘advanced standing’ status. Students graduating from this program are heavily recruited for graduate schools and employment. Connections Students in the HSU Social Work program develop lifelong, close relationships with each other, the faculty, and in the community. Throughout the social work courses, students are developing connections with professional social workers and others in the community through projects, volunteerism, field trips, and field placements. Program Details CoursesClick to Open All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog: Social Work, B.B.S. (SCWK) Social Work and Psychology, B.S. (SWPSY) Social Work Minor (SCWK) RequirementsClick to Open Service Learning Opportunities Social Work being an engaging and interactive profession, students are provided opportunities to connect and serve in the community through volunteerism and field education internship. Courses requiring service learning hours include: Introduction to Social Work Social Work Practice I & II Field Education I & II Highlights No academic credit for life or work experience. Program is open to all qualified applicants without discrimination. Students apply for formal admission to the Social Work program upon completion of the Human Behavior and Social Environment courses in their sophomore year. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and earn a “C” or higher in all Social Work courses to continue in the major. In Social Work Practice III, students apply for entrance into Field Education for their senior year. OutcomesClick to Open Social Work Program Outcomes Students can apply for the Social Work license in the state of Texas in their graduating semester. 100% of our students pass the exam. Graduates of HSU Social Work will receive either a BBS or BS degree. As the program is accredited by CSWE, students who apply to Graduate Schools of Social Work will receive advanced standing, making it possible to obtain a Master’s in Social Work within one year. Graduates of HSU Social Work seeking employment upon graduation are employed in the professional field 100% of the time. Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes HSU Annual Assessment of Learning Outcomes CSWE Reaffirmation Self-Study 2012 Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social WorkClick to Open Through Knowledge – The Challenge is to Serve The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is 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 invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. HSU – Sigma Beta Chapter The Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work was established in November 2011 in order to provide social work students with additional opportunities to promote humanitarianism, human and civil rights, and social and economic justice through participation in Chapter projects, events, and activities. As members in good standing, our students can apply for Phi Alpha awards and scholarships. This is a student lead organization with student officers and faculty advisors to guide and direct the organization. For more information about Phi Alpha, please go to their website http://phialpha.org/ Phi Alpha Sigma Beta Officer’s 2019-20 Vice President – Claudia Lasater President – Amanda Ramsey My name is Amanda Ramsey. I am a senior in the Hardin-Simmons Social Work program. When I discovered HSU, I discovered Social Work and fell love with both. I grew up in Houston and Austin with my parents and four younger siblings. I love music and have played French Horn for 9 years. I’m your Sigma Beta President and excited to be a part of Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work. I am interning with Adult Protective Services as my senior field placement. I am so excited for what God has in store! I am so grateful for this opportunity and hope to serve this club well! Vice President – Michelle Perez My name is Michelle Perez, and I am so honored to be given the opportunity to serve as your Vice President of Sigma Beta. I am a double major of Social Work and Psychology. I was born and raised in Ennis, Texas. I love helping in every way that I possibly can and can’t wait to see the club grow. I am excited to see what God has in store for the club! Thank you for the opportunity to grow and work alongside of the other officers! Secretary/Treasurer – Claudia Lasater Hello, my name is Claudia Lasater and I am a junior in the Hardin-Simmons Social Work program. I came to Hardin-Simmons University as a transfer from A&M University, where I was in the Undergraduate Wildlife Biology program. But, then the Lord called me to pursue a helping profession. At the time the Lord called me, I was lost academically because I did not know where to search. My mother lived in Abilene, so I came here to search for answers. When I arrived at Hardin-Simmons, I met two AMAZING women. These women changed my life. They are Alyssa Rasco, Director of Student Services and Career Life, and Kelsey Davis, Assistant Director of Admission and Operations: Out of State. They led me to the Social Work program, and I am very blessed beyond measure. The program has made me a stronger individual and continues to contribute to my growth academically, psychologically, and socially. The faculty and staff are incredible building blocks for student growth and have been my refuge when life gets hard. I am beyond honored to be the secretary/treasurer for the Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work. I thank God for His calling to this profession, university, and family. For more information about HSU’s Sigma Beta Chapter, please review the Sigma Beta Consitution and By-laws. To apply, complete the Sigma Beta Application and send to Lauren Cantrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Links Membership Qualifications Sigma Beta Application Sigma Beta By-laws Sigma Beta Constitution Social Work ClubClick to Open The Purpose of the Social Work Club at HSU To facilitate communication and fellowship among the social work majors and faculty To promote interest in social work issues; and To promote social action and service both within and outside the campus community. Social Work Club Officers for 2019-2020 Amanda Ramsey – President My name is Amanda Ramsey. I am a senior in the Hardin-Simmons Social Work program. When I discovered HSU, I discovered Social Work and fell love with both. I grew up in Houston and Austin with my parents and four younger siblings. I love music and have played French Horn for 9 years. I am super involved in Social Work Club and love all the things that we do, which why I am so excited to be your club president! I am interning with Adult Protective Services as my senior field placement. I am so excited for what God has in store for this club and cannot wait to see what He does through the club this year! I am so grateful for everyone giving me this opportunity and hope to serve this club well! Michelle Perez – Vice President My name is Michelle Perez, and I am so honored to be given the opportunity to serve as your Vice President for the Social Work Club at HSU. I am a double major of Social Work and Psychology. I was born and raised in Ennis, Texas. I love helping in every way that I possibly can and can’t wait to see the club grow. I am excited to see what God has in store for the club! Thank you for the opportunity to grow and work alongside of the other officers! Brittney Pierce – Secretary My name is Brittney Pierce and I’m a Junior in the Social Work program and Secretary of the Social Work Club. I’m a wife, mom of two, and a Veteran. I was born in Abilene and raised in Sweetwater, Texas. I have a heart for people and have always tried to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. God has a purpose for us all and I believe there is no greater purpose than showing love to our brothers and sisters. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to serving and learning with you all. Claudia Lasater – Chaplain Hello, my name is Claudia Lasater and I am a junior in the Hardin-Simmons Social Work program. I came to Hardin-Simmons University as a transfer from A&M University, where I was in the Undergraduate Wildlife Biology program. But, then the Lord called me to pursue a helping profession. At the time the Lord called me, I was lost academically because I did not know where to search. My mother lived in Abilene, so I came here to search for answers. When I arrived at Hardin-Simmons, I met two AMAZING women. These women changed my life. They are Alyssa Rasco, Director of Student Services and Career Life, and Kelsey Davis, Assistant Director of Admission and Operations: Out of State. They led me to the Social Work program, and I am very blessed beyond measure. The program has made me a stronger individual and continues to contribute to my growth academically, psychologically, and socially. The faculty and staff are incredible building blocks for student growth and have been my refuge when life gets hard. I am beyond honored to be chaplain for the Social Work Club and secretary/treasurer for the Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work. I thank God for His calling to this profession, university, and family. Courtney Phariss – Treasurer Hello! My name is Courtney Phariss, and I am thrilled to serve as Treasurer of the Social Work Club! I am a non-traditional student, and proof that it is never too late to pursue your dreams of higher education! I am a junior Social Work major at HSU and am pursuing my passion to help others! I am excited for all the opportunities Social Work has to offer and know that God will lead me to make a difference in the lives of others. I stay busy with two teenage boys who are very active in sports. I look forward to a great year full of learning and growth! Shandria Taylor – Photographer Hello my name is Shandria Taylor. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I am a non- traditional student, and I transferred from Cisco Community College. I am gaining my degree in Social Work. I have a passion for people and building relationships. I look forward to being of service to my school and community. I am honored to serve as your photographer for the 2019-2020 year. Capturing beautiful moments is what life is about. Social Work Club Newsletter 2018-2019 Newsletter Social Work Club Meetings/Activities Fall 2019 9/4/19 Orientation @ Noon (Lunch Provided) MC 108 10/2-105/19 NASW Texas Conference Galveston 10/10/19 Club Meeting @ noon Location TBD 10/24-10/27/19 CSWE Annual Program Meeting in Denver 11/6/19 Club Meeting @ noon MC 233 Christmas Party TBD Spring 2020 1/22/20 Orientation @ Noon (Lunch Provided) MC 233 2/27/20 Club Meeting @ noon CMC 112 March is Social Work Month Social Work Advocacy Day in Austin TBD 4/15/20 Club Meeting @ noon MC 233 April 2020 Social Work Banquet TBD *Meeting locations subject to change. Community Partner AgenciesClick to Open 2-1-1 Texas: A Call For Help Abilene Community Health Center Abilene Hope Haven Abilene Housing Authority Abilene Independent School District Abilene Police Department Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Abilene Regional Medical Center Abilene State Supported Living Center Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center Alliance for Women and Children American Red Cross BCFS Health & Human Services Ben Richey Boys Ranch Better Together Betty Hardwick Center (MHMR) Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Country CASA Buckner International Boys and Girls Clubs Cancer Services Network Child Welfare South Africa Christian Homes and Family Services Christian Service Center of Abilene Communities in Schools Connecting Caring Communities Cook’s Children’s Specialty Services Day Nursery of Abilene Disability in Action FaithWorks of Abilene Fresenius Dialysis Center Global Samaritan Goodwill West Texas Harmony Family Services Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation Hendrick Home for Children Hendrick Hospice / Pathways Hendrick Hospital Interim Healthcare International Rescue Committee (IRC) Jefferson Opportunity Center Junior League of Abilene Kindred at Home Love & Care Ministries Meals on Wheels Methodist Children’s Home Motivation, Education & Training, Inc. National Association of Social Workers – Texas National Association of Social Worker – West Central Texas Branch New Horizons Noah Project Northern Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Oaks at Radford Hills Nursing Center Oceans Behavioral Health Center Palm House Ministries Pregnancy Resources of Abilene Region 14 Education Service Center: Center for Young Learners Regional Victim Crisis Center Saint Francis Community Services Salvation Army Serenity House SilverSpring Rehabilitation (Cascade Health Services, LLC) Steps2Strides Texas Workforce Commission Taylor County Adult Probation Department Taylor County 326th District Court Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center Taylor County Vet Center Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – APS Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – CPS Texas Department of State Health Services – Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners Texas Health and Human Services Urban Promise International Urban Promise Ministries US Department of Veterans Affairs – Abilene Community Based Outpatient Clinic Veterans Service Office West Central Texas Council of Governments West Texas Rehabilitation Center & Hospice of the Big Country Willow Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center Wisteria Place Retirement Living Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Social Work Vision, Mission, and GoalsClick to Open Social Work Program Vision HSU Social Work will be a premier social work education program in West Texas, developing competent and effective social work professionals to meet the needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, and to serve those who are the most vulnerable and oppressed in society. Social Work Program Mission As members of the Christian community of Hardin-Simmons University, the mission of the Social Work Program is to: Prepare students for competent and effective professional social work practice as generalist practitioners by providing appropriate knowledge, values, and skills to serve individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, Develop professionals who promote social justice, dignity and worth of the individual, importance of human relationships, human rights, and scientific inquiry, and who are characterized by integrity, competence and service. And, Produce leaders and advocates in policy development and service delivery for human rights and social and economic justice within a global context. Social Work Program Goals To prepare students for effective, competent and ethical professional social work practice through immersion in the values and ethics of the social work profession including respect and acceptance of all individuals with regard to age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation. To provide students with a generalist’s knowledge of social work that is broad in scope including scientific inquiry for research-informed practice and practice-informed research; theory; values and ethics; the history, purpose, and philosophy of the profession; and specific understanding of practice settings, contexts, and clientele. To educate students to understand and embrace diversity in the world and to be committed to the promotion of human rights and social and economic justice through policy analysis, formulation and development, service delivery and through leadership in the development of a nurturing and supportive environment for all people, applying strategies of advocacy and social change, especially for those who are marginalized. To foster student’s development and utilization of relational, cognitive, political and professional skills appropriate to generalist practice, while being able to apply critical thinking within the context of professional social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. To create and support an environment that values, models and promotes lifelong learning, professional development, and active participation in the profession and community. Social Work Program and Career ResourcesClick to Open HSU Social Work Student Resources Social Work Student Handbook Social Work Program Field Instruction Manual Professional Organizations Council on Social Work Education(CSWE) National Association of Social Workers-Texas Chapter National Association of Social Work (NASW) North American Christians in Social Work(NACSW) International Association of Schools of Social Work International Consortium for Social Development International Federation of Social Workers Research S. Census Bureau Society for Social Work and Research Institute of the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) Career Opportunities and Advancement Social Work License The New Social Worker(Online Magazine) Global Resource Clearing House NASW Press Social Work Examination Services, Inc. American Association of Social Work Boards Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Directors (BPD) Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners The Occupational Handbook of the U.S. Department of Labor Social Work Values and Ethics NASW CODE OF ETHICS Texas Administrative Code Texas Occupations Code Social Work Program Scholarships and AwardsClick to Open The HSU Social Work Program has numerous awards and scholarship that are awarded annually at the Social Work/Sociology Banquet. These awards and scholarships have specific criteria for recipient selection. Recipients are chosen by the Social Work and Sociology faculty based on the respective award or scholarship criteria. If you have questions about any of these awards or scholarships, please contact the Social Work office at 325-670-1281. Students are encouraged to explore other opportunities for recognition and scholarships outside of HSU, for example NASW, CSWE, and AAUW. Other scholarship information is available through the Financial Aid Office at 325-670-1206 J.L. Cole Social Work Scholarship: the recipient of this scholarship must be a social work major, possess strong social work values and ethics, completing Social Work Practice I course and showing high leadership and academic promise Dan Cooper Excellence in Research Annual Endowed Award: the recipient of this award must be a graduating senior; social work major having displayed outstanding achievement in social work research. Doris S. Thornton Alumni Social Work Award: the recipient of this award must be a graduating senior, social work major with transcending competence in social work practice and achieving outstanding academic achievement. James B. Simmons Social Work Award for Human & Civil Rights, Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice: the award recipient must be a social work major who exhibits an outstanding integration of Christ’s love & missions, social work education, and equity for all people through outstanding research, service, and advocacy in addressing and challenging inequity and injustice. Everett E. Woods and Orabeth K. Woods Foundation Endowment Scholarship: this scholarship recipient is a junior social work major with the highest overall GPA. Everett E. Woods and Orabeth K. Woods Social Work Scholarship: the recipient of this scholarship is a minority student and social work major who displays outstanding academic excellence and overall achievement in social work.