UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions

Main Office
Chilton Hall, 218
P.O. Box 310919
Denton, TX 76203-0919
(940) 565-2488
Fax:(940) 565-3960

Web site: www.scs.unt.edu/depts/RHAB/

Thomas L. Evenson, Chair

Linda Holloway, Assistant Director

Faculty

Professors Englander-Golden, Richardson. Associate Professors Barton, Bodenhamer-Davis, Evenson. Assistant Professors Rollins, Rollins-Threats, Williamson. Lecturer Holloway.

Introduction

The Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions offers a graduate degree in rehabilitation services, with the opportunity for specialization in rehabilitation counseling or vocational evaluation. Undergraduate degrees are offered in rehabilitation studies (BS) and in social work (BSW). In addition, specific course work in the area of addictions is available.

Upon graduation, students are qualified for positions in a variety of human service settings, including mental health centers, hospitals, mental retardation programs, rehabilitation programs, child welfare settings, correctional facilities, aging programs, community living facilities, private nonprofit human service programs and alcohol and drug abuse programs, among others. The undergraduate degrees also prepare students for entry into graduate programs in rehabilitation or social work, often with advanced standing.

The department's undergraduate programs are structured to meet the needs and interests of students transferring from community colleges. Transfer students receive close advising in an effort to maximize the direct application of completed course work to their undergraduate degree plan. "Second careerists" also have found the content of the undergraduate programs appealing. People re-entering the competitive labor market and those interested in moving into a more professional career area find that these programs give them the opportunity and flexibility to move in directions and to develop skills that are of interest to them.

Extensive practical experience in community placements is combined with comprehensive classroom curricula to build an in-depth and well-rounded program. A comparatively low faculty/student ratio allows students to receive highly individualized academic advising from their assigned faculty adviser. This plays a significant role in the development of a degree plan that meets the individual student's needs and interests.

Social work majors are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a social worker by the State of Texas. Students who take specified addictions course work can meet the educational requirements for licensure as a chemical dependency counselor.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Rehabilitation

Bachelor of Science

Major in Rehabilitation Studies

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in rehabilitation studies must meet the following requirements:

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 124 total semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: Minimum 47 hours. See "University Core Curriculum Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

4. Major Requirements: Major of 42 hours.

5. Minor: Minor of 18 hours, of which 6 must be advanced, may be selected with the approval of the academic adviser. Students are advised to give careful consideration to career goals when selecting their minor area of study. A minor is not required.

6. Electives: Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement and/or the minimum total hours (124) required for the degree.

7. Other Course Requirements: Students are advised to take:

If these recommended courses are not taken to fulfill university core requirements, they must be taken elsewhere in the degree plan.

8. Other Requirements:

Students interested in majoring in rehabilitation studies should make an appointment with the undergraduate coordinator for an initial interview, which will provide information about the program and its appropriateness for that student. Upon admission into the program, the student is assigned an academic adviser. The student works with that adviser in the development of a degree plan and throughout the academic program until graduation.

Major in Rehabilitation Studies

Following is one suggested four-year plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BS with a Major in Rehabilitation Studies (.pdf)

BS with a Major in Rehabilitation Studies (HTML)

Minor in Rehabilitation Studies

Because of its compatibility with other human service fields, rehabilitation provides an appropriate minor for students majoring in such areas as psychology, social work, recreation, aging, health education and criminal justice. A minor in rehabilitation is composed of RHAB 2500, 3000, 3200, 3400 and 3600, and one course selected by the student and the adviser.

Scholarships

Students majoring in rehabilitation studies are eligible to apply for the Fort Worth Chapter Texas Rehabilitation Association and the Ken Miner Memorial scholarships, available only to undergraduate and graduate students in the rehabilitation program. Students interested in applying for these scholarships should contact the director of the department.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers a degree program leading to the Master of Science with a major in rehabilitation services and concentrations of study in rehabilitation counseling or vocational evaluation. For complete information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Summary of Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Social Work must meet the following requirements:

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 124 semesters hours; 42 hours must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum: Minimum 47 hours. See "University Core Curriculum Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

4. Major Requirements: Major of 42 hours in Social Work and related required courses.

5. Electives: Electives may by required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours (124) required for the degree.

6. Other Course Requirements: See individual major.

7. Other Requirements:

Below is a suggested arrangement of courses. This is merely a suggested outline. In many cases the student will be able to take courses other than those listed below.

Bachelor of Social Work

Following is one suggested four-year plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

Bachelor of Social Work (.pdf)

Bachelor of Social Work (HTML)

Graduate Degrees

Although a major in social work is not offered at the graduate level, graduate courses in social work are offered and may be taken as supporting work at the master's or doctoral level. Descriptions of social work graduate courses may be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

Addictions

Institute for Studies in Addiction

The Institute for Studies in Addiction is a special research and continuing education unit within the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions that focuses on issues related to substance abuse and addictions. Specific courses offered through the Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions enable students to meet the educational portion of the requirements for Texas licensure of chemical dependency counselors (LCDC). The undergraduate adviser can assist students in selecting the appropriate courses.

Special Certificate Program

The Department of Rehabilitation, Social Work and Addictions offers training to those currently employed in human services. Qualified people may obtain graduate or undergraduate credit for participation in these programs. For additional information, contact the chair of the department.

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