Bachelor of Social Work degree
Our Lady of the Lake University's Worden School of Social Service has been educating social workers for more than 70 years. Learn more about the Bachelor of Social Work degree.
THE WORDEN SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SERVICE Our Lady of the Lake University’s Worden School of Social Service has been educating social workers for more than 65 years. As the first school of social work in Texas, OLLU has set the standards for social work education and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. OLLU social work graduates can be found in every sector of social service in San Antonio and the region. Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences is key to the Worden School’s mission and commitment to working with at-risk populations, with special emphasis on Hispanic children and families. Students can also opt to earn a Biliterate Certificate, which prepares them to work in English and Spanish-speaking settings. The Bachelor of Social Work is designed to prepare students for general practice as a social worker and for acceptance into graduate school. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure by examination by the State of Texas and for full membership in the National Association of Social Workers. The 4+1 social work degree option allows students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Students who complete their BSW degree at OLLU or another CSWE accredited social work program can earn a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree in one year through the Advanced MSW program. BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK CSWE 2009 Presidential Award Winner OLLU’s Worden School of Social Service was recognized with the Council on Social Work Education’s 2009 Presidential Award for the school’s more than 67 years of contributions to social work education excellence. REQUIRED COURSES Total number of hours required (not including prerequisites) in major: 39 semester hours of social work courses Total number of advanced hours required in major: 33 semester hours of advanced social work courses • Introduction to Social Work • Social Welfare Programs and Services • Principles of Social Work Practice • Beginning Social Work Practice: Individuals, Families, Groups • Social Welfare Policy • Human Behavior and the Environment I & II • Intercultural and Minority Relations • Social Work Research Methods • Social Work Practicum I & II • Generalist Practice in Direct Service FIELD EDUCATION Field education is an integral part of the social work program at OLLU. The Worden School of Social Service has established partnerships with an extensive network of public and private social service agencies to provide students with a wide range of opportunities for internships. Student internships with Spanishspeaking populations and opportunities for paid field education are available. OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS 411 S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689 210-431-3961 or 1-800-436-OLLU E-mail: email@example.com ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Formal application to the social work program takes place after the student has taken at least six hours of social work courses. Students can enter the social work program either through the traditional OLLU four-year program, as transfer students (generally from a community college), or through a Joint Admissions Program. Application to the Baccalaureate Social Work (BSW) program requires: • A completed application form (application forms are available online or in the Worden School of Social Service business office) • A personal statement from the student. Students are required to respond to specific questions about their interests in the program, and provide information about their suitability and readiness for the program. • Three recommendations (forms are provided with the application packet). THE UNIVERSITY Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a coeducational liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. A multi-campus, regional university, OLLU has campuses in San Antonio, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley. The University offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors, more than 14 master’s degree programs and two doctoral degree programs. Academic degree programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service. OLLU incorporates a technology-rich curriculum in all areas of study, and provides access to a wide variety of high-tech resources. Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Dec. 2013 FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Cora Le-Doux, PhD Interim Director of the Worden School of Social Service Professor of Social Work and BSW Program Director 210-434-6711, ext. 2228 firstname.lastname@example.org JOINT ADMISSION Students may be admitted both to Our Lady of the Lake University and a participating campus of the Alamo Colleges, Laredo Community College or El Paso Community College simultaneously. Students begin study at community college, but have academic advisers both there and at Our Lady of the Lake University. Upon completion of study at the community college, the participating student begins study at OLLU. Students must meet terms of the Joint Admission Agreement, including of a minimum 2.0 grade point average, semester hour requirements, and completion of a Joint Admission Agreement.