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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

Admission into the BSW program begins with starting and completing the undergraduate admission process. However, admission into the BSW program can occur as an incoming or current UHCL student. Interested students are encouraged to reach out to the Program Faculty with questions.

  • 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

    Contact Dr. Heather Kanenberg ( or Dr. Roberta Leal ( for BSW advising as soon as possible.

    How to Apply
    A completed application packet must include the following documents and information.

    • Application Form and Checklist
    • An unofficial copy of all college transcripts
    • 3 letters of recommendation from previous instructors or work supervisors (download Letter of Recommendation Form)
    • 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.
    • Student Code of Conduct Form

    Application Instructions and Supporting Materials

  • Deadlines

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

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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University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

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

About UHCL

Accreditations and Distinctions

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Social Work Competencies and UHCL Students' Performance

Social Work B.S.W. Faculty

Heather Kanenberg
Heather Kanenberg

Heather Kanenberg

Associate Professor of Social Work,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3458
Office: Bayou 2617

Heather Kanenberg Faculty Bio

Roberta Leal

Roberta Leal

Assistant Professor of Social Work,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3495
Office: Bayou 2617

Roberta Leal Faculty Bio