Welcome to Social Work & Interdisciplinary Mental Health
What is Social Work?
Social workers are dedicated to strengthening the community by identifying need and matching people with available resources, services, and opportunities. Students who follow the Social Work Track within Behavioral Sciences will develop a strong foundation for pursuing a four-year Social Work degree. Social Work is a vital part of community outreach, and is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Area university requirements for social work were examined carefully in the development of this track. It is recommended that students check with their intended transfer university as they consider the selection of their electives.
What is Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Study?
Interdisciplinary study calls on students to use multiple approaches to understand the factors which influence human ideas and action. Students who intend to major or minor in any combination of psychology, sociology and social work are well served by this track. When it comes to our motivations and interactions with one another, often times it is helpful to call on multiple fields of study. Social work is an example of one occupation that requires the combination of both sociology and psychology to solve problems, but there are many other occupations that integrate these fields of study. Students wishing to explore the basics of each field will be well served by this track.
FACULTYDR. KAREN KAISER
Sociology Faculty & Department Coordinator
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Social Work & Interdisciplinary Studies Courses
Hill College currently requires the following Behavioral Sciences courses for application towards the Social Work & Interdisciplinary Track of the Behavioral Sciences degree:
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work
SOCI 1306 Social Problems (Required Behavioral Science Core)
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
Three additional courses must be chosen from Psychology and/or Sociology. These courses help to provide students with a strong, interdisciplinary Behavioral Science foundation.
PROPOSED BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE MAJOR TRACK REQUIREMENTS
A. Core Requirements for Behavioral Science StudentsMathematics Core: Recommended MATH 1342 Statistics Humanities Core: Recommended SPAN 2311 or 2312 Social/Behavioral Sciences Core Required Psychology Track SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306 or SOCI 2301 Required Sociology Track: PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314 or ECON 2301 Required Social Work & Interdisciplinary Track: SOCI 1306
B. Psychology Track ElectivesSelect 15/16 Hours from Below: PSYC 2301 General Psychology REQUIRED PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks PSYC Electives1,2
C. Sociology Track ElectivesSelect 15/16 Hours from Below: SOCI 1301 Intro to Sociology REQUIRED PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks SOCI Electives1,2
D. Social Work & Interdisciplinary Track Electives
Select 15/16 Hours from Below:
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work REQUIRED
PSYC 2301 General Psychology REQUIRED
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology REQUIRED
PSYC 1100 Learning Frameworks
PSYC and/or SOCI Electives1,2
1 Students may count the cross-listed courses, PSYC 2319/SOCI 2326 Social Psychology and PSYC 2306/SOCI 2306 Human Sexuality, towards any major track, regardless of which course prefix appears on their transcripts.
2 Students may not count PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks (3 Credit Hours) towards any Behavioral Science major track.
There are many occupations which benefit from Social Work and Behavioral Sciences Interdisciplinary study. These are jobs which require an educated understanding of the motivations of human behavior and the factors which shape human ideas. A few common examples are listed below.
Domestic violence response
Children and youth services
Poverty and food security assistance
Sexual assault advocacy and support
Mental health services and awareness
Drug and alcohol addiction recovery
Aid to the elderly
Hospital and medical services support
Criminal Justice & Legal Work
Human Resource Management
TO LEARN MORE
For more information about Social Work professions, please visit the following websites:
National Association of Social Workers http://www.socialworkers.org/
Careers in Social Work http://careers.socialworkers.org/
Texas Department of State Health Services http://www.dshs.texas.gov/
US Labor Department Occupational Outlook for Social Workers http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm