Bachelor of Social Work

The BSW major combines liberal arts and social work classes with a focus on social justice and built-in experiential learning in the community. It is a professional degree that leads to licensure and direct entry into human service jobs.

The Bachelor of Social Work program requires 122 credit-hours of coursework, 440 clock-hours of field internship in a community agency under the supervision of a licensed social worker, and 60 clock-hours of service learning in a community agency.

Beginning in the first semester, students integrate hands-on, experiential learning with classroom learning and understand the importance of civic engagement in the community you live.

SWEEP (Social Work Education Enhancement Program) supports BSW students through community building, mentorship, collaboration and information sharing.

Hone your professional skills during your last semester through a practicum internship supervised by a professional social worker in a community agency that meets your goals and interests.

Are you interested in conducting your own research in a topic related to social work? This program is for you.

Are you interested in social work but don’t plan to practice as a professional social worker? Consider our minors and certificates.

Take your education beyond the Forty Acres and gain an international experience that will set you apart in your career and help you reach your goals.

Major in Social Work at UT Austin

Hear about the undergraduate experience at the Steve Hicks School from students and hear assistant dean Cossy Hough share why you should major in social work at UT Austin.

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Resources for Current BSW Students

We are here to support you. Connect to the BSW Program Team and explore resources for current students.

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Financial Resources

The cost of college shouldn’t deter your passion for helping others as s social worker. Explore financial resources at UT Austin and the Steve Hicks School.

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Texas Admissions

Texas Admissions is your one-stop shop to explore the Forty Acres, learn about majors, and find all the information you need to join the Longhorn nation.