Getting Started


Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 created new laws that require entities that provide educational programs leading to an occupational license to notify all applicants an enrollees of the implications of a felony conviction which may make you ineligible for an  license upon program completion.  The law requires that this information be provided to all persons who are enrolled or apply in a teaching program without regard to whether the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.

You may review current guidelines used by the Texas Education Agency to determine the eligibility of the person to be licensed on the TEA’s website at  You also have a right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from TEA and the process and form available online at

Pre-Major Requirements

UNT offers a bachelor's in social work degree (BSW). To get started earning this degree, you must first seek admission to UNT.  If you are attending college for the very first time, you can learn more about admissions from our Freshman Overview.  If you are taking courses from another university or community college, you can learn more about entering UNT and getting transfer credit from TransferNow.

EagleAll students start the program as "pre social work" majors. You should indicate this major when completing your ApplyTexas application. The pre-social work part of the degree program takes approximately two years to complete and consists of core courses, electives and/or minor classes, and three social work prerequisites:

  • SOWK 1450 – Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWK 2430 – Policies, Issues, and Programs in Social Welfare
  • SOCI 1520 – this requirement will be phased out effective Fall 2018.  If you already taken it or are currently enrolled that is fine and it will count for admissions to the program in the Fall 2018.  If students have not taken SOCI 1520, they can still apply to the program for the Fall 2018 semester and the Social Work Professional Advisor approves an alternate course as a substitution.  However, starting in the Fall 2018, students applying to the program you will need to take SOWK 3000 as a pre-major requirement in order to be accepted into the program.
  • SOWK 3000 – Foundations of Interviewing (this is a new course being phased in to take the place of SOCI 1520).  .  If you have not taken this course in the Spring 2018, you may still be able to apply to the program for the Fall 2018; check with an Adviser to see what your options are.  This course will become a mandatory requirement for students applying to program in the Fall 2018 (to start the program in Spring 2019).  

Your academic counselor will be assigned by the Advising Office of the College of Health and Public Service.  The role of this advisor is to help answer questions on issues like the transfer of credits from other institutions, university core courses, electives and minor requirements.

Students typically apply for program admission late in their sophomore year, or early in their junior year. Admission to the social work major is competitive and is based on performance in prerequisite classes, a personal statement and the completion of a degree plan by a Social Work Professional Advisor.