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2019-2020 Transfer Advising Guides [Archived Catalog]

Social Work - AA to BSW - Texas State University (TxST) 2019-2020 ♦

This Transfer Advising Guide may be available in the following modes of delivery: Face-to-face, fully online.

Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AA degree

The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.

Semester I

Semester II

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

  • Select either CRIJ Elective or PSYC Elective or SOCI Elective will transfer as TxST Interdisciplinary Elective (grade must be a “C” or better)
  • § SOCW 2389-Academic Coorperative will transfer as TxST SOWK Elective

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 66 college-level hours, of which 66 will transfer and apply towards the Texas State University baccalaureate degree in Social Work.

Note: Texas State University accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree.

Note: [Texas State University Requirement] If two years of the same modern language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required for the degree.  In the absence of modern language taken in high school, then two semesters of the same modern language (1410 and 1420) must be taken at the college level, and the requirement will be added to the student’s degree audit.

Note: Texas State University requires all of phase I BSW degree requirements must be satisfied to apply to phase II. Students can apply while in the process of finishing these requirements the last semester of phase I. See the SOWK web site for more information:

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is core complete, degree complete and field of study complete.

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone Course(s).

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Field of Study Curriculum for Social Work

§ denotes THECB Field of Study Curriculum Course

The Field of Study (FOS) curriculum for Social Work is for students who are seeking a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Social Work.  The field of study curriculum has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Additional information can be found at

Special Admission Requirements for Texas State University

Texas State University BSW Admissions

The social work major (BSW) degree requires 48 hours in Social Work and 27 hours in supportive social sciences. The social work curriculum is interwoven with liberal arts and general studies, consisting of 60 semester credit hours (see: BSW Degree Plan.) The Social Work major does not require a minor. Students progress through the BSW degree program in three phases. Faculty regularly assess students during this process, examining whether students are adhering to professional ethics and whether students are performing appropriately in practice situations.

Phase I (Pre-Social Work Major)

Social work pre-majors should complete most of their general education core/liberal arts courses before applying for admission to Phase II of the social work major. To be eligible to apply, students must complete at least 45 credit hours, including the following: COMM 1310, ENG 1310 and 1320; MATH 1315, 1316 or 1319; PHIL 1305 or 1320; SOWK 1350 and 2375; Any core 030 Natural Science Course; HIST 1310 and 1320 and US 1100, if required. Applicants must complete SOWK 1350 & SOWK 2375 with a C or above. Phase II applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.50 overall.

Phase II (Social Work Major)

Applicants for Phase II submit a formal application. An admissions committee screens applicants, considering the student’s academic record and suitability for social work practice, and informs applicants in writing if they are admitted, conditionally admitted, or denied admission. When the student is admitted into Phase II of the BSW degree program, his/her formal academic major is converted from Pre-Social Work to Social Work.

Admission into Phase II does not guarantee success in the BSW degree program. School of Social Work (SSW) faculty continually assess students’ progress; majors must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA overall and earn a ‘C’ or higher in every social work and supportive social science course. Faculty also expect students to adhere to the social work professional Code of Ethics, show emotional and mental stability, demonstrate strong communication skills, develop working interpersonal relationships, and develop self-awareness. For more information, please reference the Evaluation of Student Fitness and Performance Policy.

For more information on the Texas State University BSW Admission, click here.

Additional Texas State University Advising Notes

Texas State University Admission:

1. Submit a completed application, all supporting documents, including an official high school transcript and transcript(s) from every institution attended and application fee, to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the stated priority date.

2. For students with 1-15 transferable hours: minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferable coursework and meet freshman admission standards.

3. For students with 16-29 transferable hours must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in all transferable course work. Students with 30 or more transferable hours must have a minimum 2.25 GPA in all transferable course work. All students must be eligible to return to all previous institutions and be at least one full semester out of high school.

Students transferring to Texas State from a community college may elect to follow the Texas State undergraduate catalog that was in effect at the time they enrolled at their community college. Students may also, with the approval of their College Dean, follow a subsequent catalog. Students are reminded to refer to their designated catalog for information related to University requirements for curriculum, graduation, probation/suspension, and other general information.

Using this Transfer Advising Guide with Texas State University

This Transfer Advising Guide represents Texas State University’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to Texas State. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.

The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review Texas State University’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are Texas State’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon Texas State’s 2019-2020 Catalog and is subject to change.

The Alamo Colleges District Advising

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.

Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.

For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.

Release Date:

Released on October 18, 2019