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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Social Work Program Outcomes
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
HSU Annual Assessment of Learning Outcomes
CSWE Reaffirmation Self-Study 2012
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.
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 – President
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtney Horton- President
Bailey Strength – Vice President
Brittney Pierce – Secretary
Claudia Lasater – Chaplain
Shandria Taylor – Treasurer
2020-21 Social Work Club Tentative Gatherings and Events
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting dates and locations are subject to change
March is Social Work Month
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:
Social Work Program Goals
HSU Social Work Student Resources
Career Opportunities and Advancement
Social Work Values and Ethics
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
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