Social Work Bachelor's Degree Overview
Social workers help people function the best ways they can in their environment and work to change the environment to better respond to people’s needs. They show them how to build relationships, recognize their strengths and use them to overcome challenges. Social work provides valuable community resources, services and opportunities for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers embrace diversity and show respect for people of all cultures, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and levels of mental and physical abilities.
UT's social work students gain knowledge and skills in interviewing, recording and other practice skills that can be applied to people, organizations and communities through a strong emphasis on social and economic justice. They study social policy, human behavior in the social environment, research and practice. In addition, students gain real-world experience and earn academic credit through field placements in social work agencies in their second and fourth years of study.
What to expect when you graduate
Most social workers are employed by public and private social service agencies. Opportunities also exist in special interest fields such as child and family services, health care, gerontology, adult and juvenile courts, corrections, and mental health. Other graduates choose to expand their education and attend graduate school.
College of Health and Human Services Highlights
- Outstanding labs and facilities - Learn in new, state-of-the-art classroom and lab spaces with equipment that lets you get hands-on to simulate the work you’ll do once you graduate.
- Benefit from on-campus opportunities - Take advantage of the close proximity to UT Medical Center hospital and outpatient services for volunteer experience and clinical rotations. Work in some of the Main Campus clinics to practice your skills and learn while providing direct service to the public. You can even work with the student-athletes in UT's athletics and recreation programs.
- Outstanding faculty - Learn from faculty who are as well-versed in the practice of health sciences as in the theory. They are distinguished researchers and providers who want to teach and mentor you.
- Master's and Ph.D. programs - These upper-level programs attract high-caliber faculty and resources that also benefit our undergraduate students.
Social Work Bachelor's Degree Curriculum