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.
Applicable Transfer Credit Hours
This Transfer Advising Guide provides 61 college-level hours, of which 61 will transfer and apply towards the Texas A&M University - Central Texas baccalaureate degree in Social Work.
Note: Texas A&M University - Central Texas accepts a maximum of 68 college-level transfer hours towards a baccalaureate degree.
Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is core complete, degree complete and field of study complete.
*** 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 http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/11315.PDF?CFID=97996747&CFTOKEN=88024961
Special Program Admissions for the Social Work Program at Texas A&M University-Central Texas
All social work majors must apply for acceptance into the B.S.W. Program. No person shall be discriminated against for reasons of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, (dis)ability, citizenship, veteran status, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation. The B.S.W. Program is committed to having a diverse student population.
Acceptance to the Major
Once the application criteria are met, to be accepted into the B.S.W. Program, students must:
- Complete the three Foundation Level sequence courses;
- Have a 2.5 overall GPA;
- Have a “C” or better in all social work courses;
- Attend the New Social Work Student Orientation (held the first Friday of every semester), at which time they will receive and review the Bachelor of Social Work Program Student Handbook and appropriate forms for completion;
- Demonstrate the ability to attain high academic and professional standards as outlined in the B.S.W. Program Student Handbook, which includes
- having an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and having a grade of “C” or better in all social work courses, and
- having scores of 3 or higher on the Rubric for Assessing Professional Behaviors (RAPB; see Appendix E) or demonstrating the ability to attain scores of 3 or higher throughout the program;
- Be willing to discuss with faculty any legal or other concerns that may impede the student’s successful placement at a field agency (such as a legal or criminal background) and, if necessary, complete a Corrective Action Agreement (see the B.S.W. Program field manual for more information on field admission procedures).
Once students demonstrate eligibility to apply to the major, they compile all components for submission as outlined in the application procedures. Students have the ability to work with the program’s administrative assistant to ensure all documents are submitted appropriately. All department faculty members review the application for eligibility.
Once each faculty member reviews the application, they have the option of providing one of these recommendations:
- Admit Unconditionally
- Interview Needed
- Deny Admission.
The category of Admit Unconditionally provides a student with immediate admission to the program without conditions, as all criteria have been met. The Interview Needed designation is indicated when students have had a previous criminal background, mental health hospitalization, substance abuse treatment, a concern based on the program’s Code of Conduct, any scores below 3 (average) on the Rubric for Assessing Professional Behaviors, or concerns have been identified regarding the information provided in the student’s narrative essay in the application. The faculty conduct interviews with the student in order to make a determination regarding program admission. Students denied admission may reapply for admission once the criteria are met.
NOTE: The applicant is considered on the basis of academic performance and commitment to and suitability for generalist social work practice. Emotional and professional readiness are prerequisites. These include demonstrated emotional maturity and self-awareness in areas such as the ability to effectively manage current life stressors, the ability to reflect on personal strengths and areas for growth/development, and willingness to receive feedback and supervision in a positive manner throughout enrollment in the program.
Students must also demonstrate the following professional behaviors, including but not limited to:
- Fitting well within the social work profession and the generalist framework for undergraduate social work education;
- Upholding ethical principles as defined by the NASW Code of Ethics, Texas social work licensing criteria, the A&M-Central Texas B.S.W. Program Code of Conduct, A&M-Central Texas student rights and responsibilities delineated in the University Student Handbook;
- Advocating for themselves and others in a professional manner;
- Using proper channels for conflict resolution;
- Demonstrating respect for the confidentiality and rights of others;
- Demonstrating accountability in turning in assignments on time and maintaining a good attendance record in classes.
Additional Texas A&M University - Central Texas Advising Notes
Things to do and remember upon Admission to Texas A&M University - Central Texas
- Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to Texas A&M University - Central Texas, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at https://www.tamuct.edu/Advising/academic-advising.html
- Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the Texas A&M University - Central Texas requirements for this degree plan from the Texas A&M University - Central Texas Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at www.tamuct.edu
- Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at Texas A&M University - Central Texas as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.
Transfer of Credit
Community college courses may not transfer into TAMUCT as upper-division courses (3000-4000 level), even though TAMUCT may have an upper-division course with exactly the same name and description. Community college courses may not be used to fulfill the 45-hour upper-division requirement for graduation at TAMUCT. However, the course may be used as a substitute for an upper-division course with an approved substitution form signed by the chair and dean.
Based on 2018-2019 reported average tuition and fees, Texas A&M University-Central Texas is the second most affordable institution in the state of Texas for full-time undergraduate students. Students are not only able to take advantage of guaranteed tuition plans to control the cost of their education, but A&M-Central Texas’s Bachelor Bonus caps tuition and mandatory fees at 12 semester credit hours. Learn more at https://www.tamuct.edu/business-office/tuition-fees.html.
Texas Education Code § 54.014 specifies that resident undergraduate students who initially enrolled fall 1999 and later may be subject to a higher tuition rate for attempting excessive hours at any public institution of higher education while classified as a resident student for tuition purposes. For more information, please see http://catalog.tamuct.edu/undergraduate-information/funding-limit/. Please note that the requirements regarding the hours used to calculate a student’s eligibility for $1,000 Tuition Rebate vary significantly from the requirements determining excessive hours.
Using this Transfer Advising Guide with Texas A&M University - Central Texas
This Transfer Advising Guide represents Texas A&M University - Central Texas’ 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 A&M University - Central Texas. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic 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 A&M University - Central Texas’ requirements frequently.
Course numbers in italics are Texas A&M University - Central Texas’ course numbers.
This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon Texas A&M University - Central Texas’ 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.
Released on November 14, 2019