Stephen F. Austin State University

Social Work

The School of Social Work is a department within the College of Liberal and Applied Arts. The undergraduate major in social work has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1979. The school also offers the Master of Social Work program that was accredited in 2001.

The school has 14 full-time faculty who bring a wide variety of experience and expertise to the classroom. The program emphasizes strong teaching, and students are able to interact with the faculty frequently, both in class and through the advisement program.

Currently, the undergraduate program has an enrollment of approximately 200 majors and pre-majors, one of the highest enrollments in the state. Despite the high enrollment in the program, class sizes range from 15 to 30. The East Texas region offers a wide variety of field instruction opportunities to facilitate student learning. The school is proud of its reputation for producing competent social workers.


The School of Social Work currently offers both Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degrees. Students who wish to pursue the Bachelor of Social Work degree first enter into the pre-social work major in order to prepare them for entry into the major. Once the pre-major requirements have been met, students become socialwork majors.

The B.S.W. program prepares students for generalist social work practice and the M.S.W. program prepares students for advanced rural generalist practice for a rural context. No social work minor is offered at either level.

Student Organizations

The School of Social Work has three very active student organizations. These are the B.S.W.(SASW) and Graduate Student Association of Social Workers (AGSSW) and Phi Alpha Honor Society. The SASW groups are recognized by the Student Government Association at SFA as the general membership organizations for social work majors.

The student associations provide students with an opportunity to become involved in campus and community activities that promote social work values and practices for individuals and groups in the community. Its membership is open to any social work major or pre-major. The SASW was honored in the spring of 2004 by the Office of Student Activities as the "Student Organization of the Year."

Phi Alpha Honor Society is a national honor society for social work students. An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:

1. Declared social work major

2. Achieved sophomore status

3. Completed nine semester hours or 12 quarter hours of required social work courses.

4. Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

5. Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses

6. Paid a lifetime membership fee of $20 for each individual member

Student representatives attend school meetings and are involved in school governance. Social work students also are strongly encouraged to join the National Association of Social Workers, the major organization representing the profession of social work.


The Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and has been accredited since 1979. The Master of Social Work program was initially accredited in 2001. Both programs were reaffirmed by the Council in February 2004 through 2012.

For more information, contact the School of Social Work at or 936.468.5105.