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/

CSWE LogoThe Social Work Program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education, consecutively since 1985.

 

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Melissa Milliorn-HSU Professor of Social Work

Melissa Milliorn

Professor of Social Work, Department Head of Social Work

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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

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

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
  • 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.

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

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 2020-21

Claudia Lasater
Claudia Lasater – President
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 president 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 Constitution and By-laws. To apply, complete the Sigma Beta Application and send to Melissa Milliorn at mmilliorn@hsutx.edu.

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The Purpose of the Social Work Club at HSU

  1. To facilitate communication and fellowship among the social work majors and faculty
  2. To promote interest in social work issues; and
  3. To promote social action and service both within and outside the campus community.

Social Work Club Officers for 2020-2021

Courtney Horton- President
Hello! My name is Courtney Horton and I am thrilled to serve as President 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 senior 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!

Bailey Strength – Vice President
My name is Bailey Strength and I am a junior in the social work and psychology program. I am from Mansfield, Texas and I love helping others and training dogs. I pray that we can continue doing amazing things for the community and HSU through the club!

Brittney Pierce – Secretary
Hello, My name is Brittney Pierce. I’m currently a junior in the Social Work program and the Secretary of the Social Work Club. I’m also a wife, mom of two (Kaliyah and Markiese Jr), and a Veteran of the United States Navy. I was born in Abilene and raised in Sweetwater, TX. I have a heart for people and have always tried to be a part of something bigger than myself. I believe God has a purpose for us all but above all I believe that there is no greater purpose than showing love to our brothers and sisters. I am excited for the growth and learning that is in store for us 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 president 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.

Shandria Taylor – Treasurer
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 treasurer for the 2020-2021 year.

Kristen Schout – Photographer
Hey there! My name is Kristen Schout and it’s a complete honor to serve as the photographer for Hardin-Simmons Social Work Club! As the photographer, I will have the privilege of capturing valuable memories in the moment they are created. The Social Work Department is filled with diverse students who all have the common interest of serving others. While serving others there is a goal to connect people to resources in the community. I’ve had the honor of growing in relationship with so many amazing classmates and professors. As I’ve looked back over the memories, I’ve always been thankful for the pictures captured. My goal is to share this gifting with you all so we can reminisce together. This year is going to have its ups and downs, but I look forward to being on this journey with each one of you.

Social Work Club Newsletter

2019-2020 Newsletter

2018-2019 Newsletter

Social Work Club Meetings/Activities

2020-21 Social Work Club Tentative Gatherings and Events

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting dates and locations are subject to change

Fall 2020

  • Wednesday, September 2: (Noon – 2 p.m.) Social Work Orientation
  • Mid-September Event:   Evening Back-to-School Event (Times and Location TBD)
  • October 8-10: NASW Conference
  • Thursday, October 15: (Noon – 1 p.m.) Social Work Club Meeting
  • November 2-7 – HSU Homecoming Week 2020
  • December 3: (7 p.m.) Christmas Party

Spring 2021

  • Wednesday, January 20: (Noon – 2 p.m.) Social Work Orientation
  • February Special Event:  Prom Party
  • Thursday, February 25: (Noon – 1 p.m.) Social Work Club Meeting

March is Social Work Month

  • March Events: Social Work Advocacy Day in Austin, Champion for Children Conference in Abilene, and NASW Awards Ceremony (Dates TBD)
  • Wednesday, April 14: (Noon – 1 p.m.) Social Work Club Meeting
  • Thursday, April 29: (7 p.m.) Social Work Club Banquet (location TBD)

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.

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.