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?

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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 (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.

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

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 & 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.

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 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 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 2018-19

Vice President – Claudia Lasater

Amanda Ramsey-Assistant Chaplin in Blanche Lang Hall
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!

Claudia Lasater
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 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 2019-2020 

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 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!

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 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!

Secretary: Kristen Schout
My name is Kristen Schout, and I am serving as the HSU Social Work Club Secretary. It is my desire to share life with others and find joy in seeing others become empowered to fulfill their true purposes. As a single mom, full-time employee of Hardin-Simmons University, and part-time student in the social work program, I have positioned myself to learn as well as serve my community. Some of my top strengths are empathy, connectedness, and strategy, so serving as your secretary will help unite our team. Serving HSU and the Social Work Club specifically has been an incredible opportunity, and my hope is to uplift others interested in the profession, which will only help bring equality for all.

Chaplain: Kirsten Tapia
Hi! I am Kirsten Tapia. I am a sophomore in the Social Work program. I am from Portales, New Mexico. I attend Southside Baptist Church and I am involved in their college ministry. I have a heart for Jesus and a love for people. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve as Chaplain of the Social Work Club. I am excited to learn, grow, and serve alongside fellow Social Work students.

Treasurer: Christopher Wilson
Hello! I’m Christopher Wilson, but just call me Wilson. I am thrilled to serve as Treasurer of the Social Work Club and Vice-President of Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society for Social Work! I attended high school in Hamlin but joined the Air Force as soon as I graduated. I have lived in various states and countries and hope my knowledge will be a helpful resource. I am a junior 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 my family, adventure, coffee, Red Bull, video games, and all things home improvement, as well as being involved on campus! I can’t wait to serve our club and see the amazing things God does with our group on campus and in the community!

Photographer: Shandria Taylor
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.

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.