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 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. CSWE Form AS 4(B) Assessment of Learning Outcomes HSU Annual Assessment of Learning Outcomes CSWE Reaffirmation Self-Study 2021 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/ To apply, complete the Sigma Beta Application and send to Melissa Milliorn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phi Alpha Sigma Beta Officer’s 2020-21 Chris Beavers – President Hello, my name is Christopher Beavers, I am a senior in the Social Work Program here at Hardin-Simmons. I am on the tennis team and will be in field placement with the Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center. I am so honored and excited to be serving as the President of Sigma Beta and cannot wait to help grow this program on campus. I hope to have a great year with you all and if you ever have questions, I am always available to help. Bridget Cloud – Vice President Hey y’all! My name is Bridget Cloud and I am a senior here at HSU and I am excited to act as your VP! I will be completing my field placement this year with Windcrest Health & Rehabilitation. This is my first time in a Sigma Beta officer position, but I am ready for this period of growth and excitement for the year ahead! Beth Ferguson – Secretary Hi! My name is Beth Ferguson, and I am a junior at Hardin-Simmons University. I have been a part of the Social Work Program here at HSU since my freshman year of college, and I am so excited to serve as Secretary of our Sigma Beta chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society! I believe this is a wonderful opportunity for community involvement and interpersonal relationship building, and I know God will use our chapter to do great things! For more information about HSU’s Sigma Beta Chapter, please review the Sigma Beta Constitution and By-laws. 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 2020-2021 Bridget Cloud – Vice PresidentAmber Guthrie – SecretaryKaylin Bouse – Treasurer Bridget Cloud – President Hey y’all! My name is Bridget Cloud and I am a senior here at HSU. I am from Abilene, TX and have loved my time in this program. I look forward to serving as your club President for the 2021-2022 school year, after having served as your club Secretary last year. I will be completing my field placement with Windcrest Health & Rehabilitation and look forward to all that will be experienced there. I am excited to see what all we can accomplish this year and the impact we can make. Let’s have a great year! Chris Beavers – Vice President Hello, my name is Christopher Beavers and I am the Vice President of the Social Work Club! I am so excited to be serving as Vice President and hope to provide the best resources to the club. I am a senior in the Social Work program and will be doing my field placement with the Abilene/Taylor County Child Advocacy Center. God has a very big plan for us and I am excited to experience these adventures with you. I stay very busy with tennis throughout the year. I hope to have a great year with you all. Amber Guthrie – Secretary Hey everyone, my name is Amber Guthrie and I am this year’s social work club secretary! I’m from Greenville, TX, and a sophomore here at Hardin-Simmons. I’m a member of the university’s Honors program and pursuing a double degree in social work and criminal justice. I am hoping to eventually work for Child Protective Services and use everything I learn through my time in college to help vulnerable and at-risk children. I am so honored to be serving in this position during the 2021-2022 school year and excited to work alongside all of the incredible people in this program! I know God has many, many amazing things planned for us and I cannot wait to see what is in store! Kaylin Bouse – Treasurer Hello! My name is Kaylin Bouse, and I am a junior in the social work program. I have been wanting to get more involved in Social Work Club and am honored to be serving as the treasurer. My mother is a licensed social worker, and her work in child welfare impacted my decision to be a social work major, for I really admire her and what she does for people. I hope to go into a similar field and serve youth and/or families. Stasia Hodge – Chaplain Hey guys, my name is Stasia Hodge. My hometown is Arlington, Texas. I am a Junior here at Hardin-Simmons and am Double Majoring in Social Work and Psychology. I am so glad to be serving as the Chaplain for The Social Work Club 2021-2022. My goal this year is to get closer to the students and faculty of the social work program and Hardin-Simmons University. I want to use my skills and learning in my classes in my everyday life to make someone else’s life better. I hope to become a clinical social worker with the specialty of helping abused and neglected children. Let’s have an outstanding year and strengthen the love of Christ within the community. Lauren Stokes – Photographer Hi, I’m Lauren Stokes, and I absolutely love social work! I am a senior from El Paso, TX. I also run cross country and track here at HSU. I am so excited to be the photographer of the Social Work Club! My field placement is with Communities in Schools of the Big Country. I can’t wait to make a difference and see the impact we make this year! Social Work Club Newsletter 2019-2020 Newsletter 2018-2019 Newsletter Social Work Club Meetings/Activities 2021-2022 Social Work Gatherings and Events Fall 2021 Social Work Orientation Wednesday, September 1 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Back to School Picnic on the Lawn (Anderson) Tuesday, September 14 @Noon Social Work Club Meeting Wednesday, October 6 @Noon NASW Texas Conference October 21-23 Pumpkin Party Thursday, October 28 6:00pm-8:00pm Veteran’s Appreciation Thursday, November 11 @Noon Mission Thanksgiving with Love & Care Ministries November 19 Christmas Party Thursday, December 2 6:00pm-8:00pm Spring 2022 Social Work Orientation Wednesday, January 26 12:00pm – 2:00pm Social Work Club Meeting Thursday, February 24 @Noon Social Work Prom Party Event – February 26 March is Social Work Month! Social Work Advocacy Day events in Abilene and Austin – TBD Promoting Social Work March 7 – 11 Women’s International Empowerment Day (Anderson Lawn) March 10 at Noon Champion for Children Conference March 22 & 23 NASW West Central Texas Branch Awards – Proposed date – Thursday, March 31 (4:30pm) (TBD) Social Work Club Meeting (Elections) April 13 Social Work Banquet Thursday, April 28 6:00pm-8:00pm Community Partner AgenciesClick to Open 2-1-1 Texas: A Call For Help 2INgage Children and Families Abilene Animal Shelter Abilene Zoo Volunteer Abilene Community Health Center Abilene Hope Haven Abilene Housing Authority Abilene Independent School District Abilene Police Department Abilene Public Library Abilene Recovery Council 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 Betty Hardwick Center (MHMR) Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Abilene Big Country CASA BrightPointe at Lytle Lake 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 Cook’s Children’s Specialty Services Day Nursery of Abilene Disability in Action Dyess Air Force Base Early Childhood Intervention Program First United Methodist Church Abilene FaithWorks of Abilene First United Methodist Church Food Bank of West Central Texas Fresenius Dialysis Center Global Samaritan Goodwill West Texas Harmony Family Services Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation Hendrick Home for Children Hendrick Hospice / Pathways Hendrick Hospital Hillcrest Church of Christ Ministries Hill Resources Disability Services Interim Healthcare International Rescue Committee (IRC) Jefferson Opportunity Center Junior League of Abilene Kindred at Home Care Let Us Breathe Level Church Love & Care Ministries Meals on Wheels Methodist Children’s Home Mission Arlington Motivation, Education & Training, Inc. National Association of Social Workers – Texas National Association of Social Worker – West Central Texas Branch New Horizons Foster Care and Adoption Noah Project Northern Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation 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 Rise Church Saint Francis Community Services Salvation Army Serenity House Silver Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation (Cascade Health Services, LLC) St Vincent dePaul Thrift Store Texas Workforce Commission Taylor County Adult Probation Department Taylor County 326th District Court Taylor County Juvenile Justice Center Taylor County Vet Center Taylor Jones Humane Society Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – APS Texas Department of Family and Protective Services – CPS Behavioral Health Executive Council – Texas State Board of Social Worker 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 Becoming a Social Worker 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 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. Jeremy Rhodes Macro Policy Practice Award: The recipient of this award must be a social work major exhibiting remarkable capacity for macro policy practice through work, research, volunteerism, professional engagement, campus, and community life. This student epitomizes the core values of the social work profession through their life and work. Joanne Roberts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award: The recipient of this award must be a social work major who manifests through academics, work, service-learning opportunities and life, the core values of the social work profession. Explicitly the core values of service, justice, dignity and worth of the person, integrity, and the importance of human relationships are exemplified.