Degree Requirements

Salas-Wright classroom 2014The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree includes coursework with an emphasis on academic/theoretical material as well as skills and practice experience. Social work course descriptions can be found here.

All BSW students begin the program in foundation sequence coursework. Social work students take approximately two years to fulfill the foundation sequence requirements and then need to apply for the social work major sequence.

After fulfilling the foundation sequence coursework, eligible students apply to the major practice sequence. Students admitted to the major practice take primarily social work courses in their third and fourth years, and complete a supervised field practicum in a social services agency in the last semester. Social work majors are expected to complete required major practice courses in three or four long semesters. All BSW degree requirement must be completed prior to entering field.

Degree Plans and Approved Course Lists

Degree plans show you the catalog requirements you will need to graduate. Catalogs specify degree requirements, policies, and procedures that govern your graduation. In general, catalog assignment is based on your first semester enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin or at another Texas public college or university after graduating high school. You are eligible for any “active” catalog that corresponds with any semester/year of your enrollment at UT. Keep in mind that catalogs expire after six years and are then no longer “active.” Speak with your academic advisor to discuss catalog options.

Sample Four-Year Plans

Interactive Degree Audits

An Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) allows you to see where your completed coursework is counting toward the BSW degree requirements. IDAs also show you what degree requirements you are lacking. Prospective students can generate their own audits under the bachelors of social work degree plan (you do not have to be enrolled but you do need to create an UT eid).

To create a degree audit or view an existing one, go to the IDA website.

When viewing an existing degree audit, be sure to click “rerun audit” if there have been any changes to your schedule or record since the original audit was created.