Social Work Program

Social work is a dynamic profession which has, at its core, the fundamental commitment to helping people and communities solve problems. In recognition of this commitment, the Social Work Program has the following goals:

  1. Acquiring Knowledge: Graduates will have a generalist’s knowledge of social work that is both broad in its scope as relates to theory and practice, and, also, specific to the understanding of practice settings, agencies, and clients.
  2. Developing Skills: Graduates will have developed relationship skills, cognitive skills, political skills, and professional skills appropriate to generalist social work practice.
  3. Values and Ethics Immersion: Graduates will be immersed in the values and ethics of the social work profession to prepare them for value-based practice.
  4. Diversity and Justice: Graduates will not only understand but will embrace diversity in the world and will be committed to promoting social justice.
  5. Leadership: Graduates will be leaders in developing a nurturing and supportive environment for all people by being competent organizational leaders, developers of policies that promote social justice, and advocates for those people who are marginalized.

The curriculum is organized around five essential components which include Human Behavior and Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy and Services, Social Work Practice, Social Work Research, and Field Instruction. It is important that the student make an early decision to enter the program, as courses are in sequential order and begin in the freshman year.

The Social Work Program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education since 1985.

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Melissa Milliorn-HSU Professor of Social Work

Melissa Milliorn

Professor of Social Work, Department Head of Social Work 325-670-1281

Majors

  • Social Work (B.B.S.)

Minors

  • Social Work Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why study Social Work at HSU?

under-served teens shopping for donated prom dresses

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.

HSU professor awarding student with social work license

Preparedness

Graduates of the HSU Social Work program are accepted to graduate schools (99%), pass the licensing exam (96%), and professionally employed (98%) 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.

HSU social work club group photo

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

Required courses:

Core Curriculum                                     

Core Distinctive (16)

  • FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway 3
  • COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication 3
  • FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life 1
  • HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America 3
  • RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life 3
  • ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery 3

Writing (3)

  • ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302 3

Literature (3)

  • ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit 3

Fine Arts (3)

  • Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre 3

Christian Studies (3)

  • BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302  3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

  • FSSC Activity course (X 2) 2

Math (3)

  • MATH 1301 or higher 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

  • BIOL or ENVS (BIOL2410 recommended) 4
  • PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC  3

Social & Behavioral Sciences (15) – Must be from outside the major & minor

  • PHIL 2335 Introduction to Ethics 3
  • POLS 3
  • PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • SOCI 2302 Social Problems 3

Total Core  55

Department Requirements (9 credits)

  • SOCI upper level credits 3
  • **SOCI upper level credits 3
  • PSYC upper level credits 3

Major: Social Work (51 credits)

  • SCWK 1350 Intro to Social Work 3
  • SCWK 2303 Social Work Practice I 3
  • SCWK 2360 Human Behavior/Social Env I 3
  • SCWK 2365 Human Behavior/Social Env II 3
  • SCWK 3360 Social Welfare Policy I 3
  • SCWK 3365 Social Welfare Policy II 3
  • SCWK 3370 Social Work Practice II 3
  • SCWK 3375 Social Work Practice III 3
  • SCWK 3380 Social Research Seminar Methods 3
  • SCWK 4310 Senior Research Seminar I 3
  • SCWK 4320 Senior Research Seminar II 3
  • SCWK 4450 Field Instruction I 4
  • SCWK 4552 Field Instruction II 5
  • SCWK upper level credits 9

Technological Competency and Electives (9 credits)

  • CSCI 1303 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  • Electives 6

Major/Departmental Requirements 60
Core 55
Technological Competency and Elective 9

TOTAL 124

Our Social Work program does not grant academic credit for life or work experience. In the admission process, you may apply after successful completion of the SCWK 2360/2365 sequence. The 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.
  • Students can apply for the Social Work license in the state of Texas in their graduating semester. 96% of our students pass the exam.
  • Graduates of HSU Social Work will receive a BBS 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 98% of the time.

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 2018-19

President: Morgan Culpepper
My name is Morgan Culpepper and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as President for the HSU Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society! I am also serving as the President of the HSU Social Work Club. I attended high school in Abilene but was blessed to live in various states and countries growing up. I am a senior Social Work major at HSU and am pursuing my passion to help others! I am excited and open to whatever the Lord will lead me to with Social Work because I know no matter what I will be making a difference. I am a lover of Jesus, adventure, coffee, a good book, and all things creative! As well as being involved on campus, I attend Broadview Baptist Church and volunteer with the youth ministry. I can’t wait to serve our club and see the amazing things God does with our group on campus and in the community!

Vice-President: Amy Bailey
 Hello!  I am Amy Bailey and I am so excited to be the Vice President of Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work!  I am a senior Social Work major, and I have lived in Abilene most of my life.  My heart is for people and I love to take missions trips to help others.   I love to serve others in a manner that people see Christ through my service.  I am a mother of 3 amazing boys, a wife, and a grandmother to a wonderful grandson.  I work in many different aspects of my church as a leader, teacher, and mentor.  I am very humbled by the opportunity that God has given me by attending HSU, and being able to achieve all the great things that He has laid before me.  God has blessed me with multiple new friends, which I have had an amazing opportunity to mentor and love on.  This experience has really helped me grow in all aspects of life, and it has been an absolute pleasure.

Secretary/Treasurer: Amanda Ramsey
 My name is Amanda Ramsey.  I’m a sophomore Social Work major and am so excited to serve as the Secretary/Treasurer for Sigma Beta, as well as Secretary for the HSU Social Work Club. When I discovered HSU, I discovered Social Work and fell in love with both.  I grew up in Houston and Austin with my parents and four younger siblings.  I love music and have played the French Horn for 9 years.  I am super involved in campus life and the social work program.  I love all the things that we do which why I am so excited to serve!  I am also involved with the BSM on campus and am an Assistant Chaplain in Blanche Lang Hall for the 2018-2019 school year.  I am so excited for what God has in store and cannot wait to see what He does through this year!  I am so grateful to everyone for giving me this opportunity and hope to serve this club well!

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 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 2018-2019 

President: Morgan Culpepper
 Hello! I’m Morgan Culpepper and I am thrilled to serve my fellow students as President of the Social Work Club and President of Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work! I attended high school in Abilene but was blessed to live in various states and countries growing up. I am a senior Social Work major at HSU and am pursuing my passion to help others! I am excited and open to whatever the Lord will lead me to with Social Work because I know no matter what I will be making a difference. I am a lover of Jesus, adventure, coffee, a good book, and all things creative! As well as being involved on campus, I attend Broadview Baptist Church and volunteer with the youth ministry. I can’t wait to serve our club and see the amazing things God does with our group on campus and in the community!

Vice-President: Miranda Stewart
 Hi there, I’m Miranda Stewart, a junior social work major at HSU. I am excited to serve as the Vice President for the HSU Social Work Club and serve alongside my fellow future Social Workers. I am passionate about serving others and believe that all people are created in the image of God for a relationship with God. In keeping with my passions, I have served as a First Year Mentor, work in the Writing Center, serve as a tutor, a member of Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, and am very active in campus life at HSU. I love to travel and encourage you to take advantage of the many travel opportunities here at HSU and with the Social Work Program. My travels have expanded my view of people and the world and shown me how I can make a difference in the world. “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Secretary: Amanda Ramsey
 My name is Amanda Ramsey.  I am a sophomore in the Hardin-Simmons Social Work program.  When I discovered HSU, I discovered Social Work and fell in love with both.  I grew up in Houston and Austin with my parents and four younger siblings.  I love music and have played the 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 secretary!  I am also involved with the BSM on campus, serve as Secretary/Treasurer of Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, and am an Assistant Chaplin in Blanche Lang Hall for the 2018-2019 school year.  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 to everyone for giving me this opportunity and hope to serve this club well!

Chaplain: Mary Robinson
 My name is Mary Grace Robinson, and I am so honored to have this opportunity to serve as the Chaplain for the Social Work Club at HSU. I am a Junior Social Work major with a minor in Religion, and a member of Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work. For most of my life, I grew up at a church camp not too far from Abilene; where both of my parents have worked in ministry. I always knew I wanted to be in the helping profession, but I came into my first social work class still unsure of what the profession was all about. It was in that first class, though, that I fell in love with social work, and I knew that this was the place for me. There are so many things you can do with a Bachelors in Social Work, so I am still deciding what I’d like to do professionally. However, I have a passion for traveling, culture, and missions, so I hope to incorporate those in whatever I do. I love seeing God’s work here on Earth, and I hope and pray for continuous blessings over you all. Grace and Peace.

Treasurer: Alicea Gray
 My name is Alicea Gray, and I’m excited to be the treasurer for the Social Work Club. I am a Senior Social Work major with a minor in Psychology from Abilene TX. I have been to many places across the United States. I’m a US Army Veteran and medically retired after 9 years of service. I have always been passionate about helping people and work hard to help change the world. I have two beautiful children who are my biggest blessing in life. They are the reason I push to greatness. I’m a Gym addict, and if I’m not at the gym, I’m doing homework or spending time with my kiddos. At the beginning of my freshman year, I thought I would never finish school due to some of my own personal struggles. Now that I have a little over a year left, I’m grateful for the Social Work Club and everybody who has helped me progress into a better me.

Photographer: Hannah Minchew
My name is Hannah Minchew and I am super excited to serve as the photographer of the HSU Social Work Club. I am originally from Big Spring, Texas and I am a senior pursuing my Social Work degree. In doing so, I have always wanted to compliment my love for art into my career by specializing in art therapy. I am excited to get to combine my love for people and a creative mind as well. I am thankful to be a part of the HSU Social Work Club, a member of Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, and to have the opportunity to get to serve our community!

Social Work Club Newsletter

Newsletter Fall 2017

Club Meeting Dates

2018-2019 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To foster students 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.
  5. To create and support an environment that values, models and promotes lifelong learning, professional development, and active participation in the profession and community.