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About

TCU Social Work faculty

We are glad you are considering TCU for your social work education. We offer a personal education experience set in a progressive university community within a large, diverse metropolitan area. Students can pursue the bachelor of social work and master of social work degrees to reach their goal of making a difference in the world. We hope you join us and become part of the Horned Frog family.

 

Mission

To prepare ethical and competent advanced social work practitioners who promote human rights and economic and social justice with diverse clients in the global community.

 

Gatekeeping

The social work profession has the legal and ethical responsibility to protect both society and the profession by assessing students’ readiness to work with clients. This gatekeeping responsibility is outlined and enforced through the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics. The team of faculty works with students on their professional development and readiness to interact with individuals, agencies, and the community.

 

Why Social Work?

If a career in a helping or social justice profession appeals to you, consider a major in social work, one of the human service professions. Social workers help individuals, groups and communities solve or relieve life problems using a variety of professional skills.

The TCU Department of Social Work offers both bachelor of social work and master of social work programs.

The curriculum for each includes content in social welfare policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, research and field education. The programs focus on values and ethics, populations at risk, and diversity.

In addition to academic work, students are provided service-learning opportunities in several classes. Students at both the BSW and MSW level complete internship placements in a public or private social agency that fits the student’s area of social work interest and educational needs.

 

Objectives

In accordance with the Council on Social Work Education, the program curriculum is designed to help students become practicing social workers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As such, the objectives of the program reflect the competencies established by CSWE as necessary for effective social work practice at the BSW and MSW level. The competencies are:

  • Identify as professional social workers and conduct themselves accordingly
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice using the National
  • Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgment
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research evaluating program outcomes and practice effectiveness at all levels
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment including theories of human behavior and social systems
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective generalist and advanced social work services
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice including emerging social needs, service delivery trends and social systems that comprise practice contexts
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities at the generalist and advanced levels
  • Engage in advanced practice, supervision and administration (MSW students only)
  • Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities at the generalist and advanced levels
  • Engage in advanced practice, supervision and administration (MSW students only)

The Department of Social Work offers several courses of study, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral courses of study.

BSW
MSW
MA Divinity Dual Degree
Ph.D. in Health Sciences
Certificate in Women & Gender Studies

Areas of Study

Explore social work at home and abroad, with opportunities through TCU Study Abroad, Harris College and the Department of Social Work.

Study Abroad

Advisors at the Harris College Academic resource Center are available to help first- and second-year students navigate their chosen course of study. Make an appointment to get help with program admission, TCU policies, student organizations, and more.

Academic Resource Center

 

At TCU, you’ll also have access to a career consultant who works directly with Harris College students. Schedule a one-on-one meeting with your career coach to learn how courses, internships, and service projects can prepare you for a rewarding career. Learn more about everything Career Services has to offer.

Career Preparation