Social Work B.S.W.

Empower Vulnerable Populations in the Community

As our society grows in complexity, the role of social workers becomes more critical. University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bachelor of Social Work from the College of Human Sciences and Humanities equips you to make a difference in the lives of people in your community. As a social worker, you will find solutions for individuals and families in need; they advance change in social policy and support human well-being.

Be Part of an Innovative, Partnership-Oriented Program

During your course of study, you will develop the knowledge and skills for working with oppressed populations who may have been discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender identity/expression, age, sexual orientation, mental, or physical disability, veteran status or national origin. You will also learn respect for diversity throughout all components of our applied learning environment. Internship opportunities are a required part of the degree and are offered through several regional social service agencies and non-profit organizations. Participation in faculty research projects are encouraged. You may also consider applying to or participating in one of several organizations including Phi Alpha Honor Society, the Social Work Student Organization (SWSO), the National Association of Social Workers and the Social Work Alumni Organization.

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Admission Requirements

  • BSW Admissions Criteria and Policies
  • Criteria
    • Completion of essential elements of Texas Core Requirements.
    • Completion of Introduction to Psychology. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher.
    • Completion of Introduction to Sociology. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher.
    • Completion of one of the following natural science courses: Human or General Biology; Anatomy & Physiology; Human or General Biology for non science majors; or The Human Body - complete with any associated lab.
    • Completion of SWRK 3301 - Introduction to Social Work with a grade of "C" or higher.
    • Completion of SWRK 3304 - Professional Issues and Ethics in Social Work with a grade of "C": or higher.
    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Policy & Procedures
      1. Contact Dr. Heather Kanenberg (Kanenbergh@uhcl.edu) or Dr. Roberta Leal (LealR@uhcl.edu) for BSW advising as soon as possible.
      2. Obtain an application packet from Dr. Kanenberg, Dr. Leal, HSH advising office, or UHCL admissions office.
      3. The submitted application packet must include the following documents and information:
      • Application cover sheet
      • An unofficial copy of all college transcripts
      • 3 letters of recommendation from previous instructors or work supervisors
      • A 4-6 page autobiographical statement. Applicants should be certain that their autobiographical statement is a strong sample of their ability to express themselves in writing. The statement should include a description of the student's educational, work, and/or life goals, their personal and professional objectives, social work or human service experience, contact, exposure to, or experience with diverse groups and any other information the student believes may be important when considering their application for admission to the program.
  • Deadlines

    Applications accepted at any time.
    All materials must be submitted by August 1 for Fall admission and December 15 for Spring admission.


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Degree Requirements

This degree has a specific set of courses you’ll need to complete before you can graduate from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Learn more about the classes that will help you complete the requirements of this degree. 


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Cost Information

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Locations

  University of Houston-Clear Lake
 

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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Accreditations and Distinctions

University of Houston-Clear Lake's Social Work undergraduate program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


Social Work B.S.W. Faculty

Stephen “Arch” Erich
Stephen Erich

Stephen"Arch" C. Erich

Professor of Social Work,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3388
Email: Erich@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Bldg. 2617.08

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Heather Kanenberg
Heather Kanenberg

Heather Kanenberg

Associate Professor of Social Work,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3458
Email: kanenbergh@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2617

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Roberta Leal

Roberta Leal

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Work,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3495
Email: LealR@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor Central 1307.11

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