Social Work & Psychology Degree

The Social Work and Psychology Departments at Hardin-Simmons University have collaborated to offer students an interdisciplinary approach to their education. This degree is designed to offer unique academic opportunities to students seeking to become a practitioner in a professional field. If you want to obtain an undergraduate degree leading to professional licensure, potential credit toward graduate work, and one that affords interactive, experiential service-learning experiences, then this degree may be for you!

Why take the combined degree?

  1. You’ll be eligible for professional social work licensure in the graduating semester and/or upon graduation.
  2. Graduates earn Advanced Standing credit toward a Master of Social Work degree.
  3. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is one of the top fastest growing career fields in the United States.
  4. Undergraduate preparation in two disciplines can help prepare students for a broad range of graduate school and career options including Clinical Social Work or Counseling.

Program Contact

Melissa Milliorn-HSU Professor of Social Work

Melissa Milliorn

Department Chair/Professor of Social Work

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  • Social Work & Psychology (B.S.)


Why study Social Work & Psychology 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.


Students in the HSU Social Work & Psychology 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.


Student-led research projects, as well as opportunities to collaborate with faculty in structured research groups, enable students to develop competence in research methods and engage in depth of inquiry.

Program Details

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

Service Learning Opportunities

Social Work and Psychology are engaging and interactive professions. Students are provided opportunities to connect and serve in the community through volunteerism and field education (internship) opportunities.  Courses requiring service-learning hours include:

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Social Work Practice I & III
  • Field Education I & II


  • 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 & Psychology 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. 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.
  • Students in psychology often pursue a graduate degree in fields like counseling, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis, school psychology, ministry, and health professions.
  • In addition to the more traditional careers in psychology, graduates of our program have also entered professional roles in education, medical professions, administration, and ministry.

Explore the pages of the Social Work Program and Psychology Program to learn more about opportunities for scholarships dedicated to the programs, as well as to learn more about social clubs like:

  • Social Work Club
  • Sigma Beta Honor Society
  • Psi Chi National Honor Society