Social Work Program

Program Overview/Mission

As our society grows in complexity, the role of social workers becomes more critical. Social workers help people achieve an effective level of psychosocial functioning in society. University of Houston-Clear Lakes's Social Work undergraduate program prepares you for social work practice or graduate study.

Goals and Objectives

Upon completing your degree at UH-Clear Lake, you are prepared to take the Licensed Social Worker exam, making you more marketable to employers. You can pursue the field of social work in many areas, including the following:

  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Disabilities Services
  • Physical and Mental Health Care
  • Social Policy and Advocacy
  • Nonprofit Community Organizations
  • Schools
  • Senior Care
  • Substance abuse and Addiction Care
  • Veterans and Military Affairs


Program Degrees

Accreditation Information

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

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.


Additional Admission Information

Download the Application Packet.

Program Faculty

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

Faculty Bio

Roberta Leal

Roberta Leal

Assistant Professor of Social Work,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3495
Email: LealR@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2617

Faculty Bio

Curriculum and Instruction

  • 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
  • Learn a respect for diversity throughout all components of our applied learning environment
  • Intern at one of several regional social service agencies
  • Participate in faculty research projects

Student Data and Outcomes

Student Resources

Information for Current Students

University Student Resources

Additional Information


For additional information about Social Work faculty and courses, contact:

Dr. Roberta Leal
BSW Program Field Director
LealR@uhcl.edu
281-283-3495