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The foundation curriculum provides preparation for generalist social work practice. In addition, it develops students knowledge of and identification with the social work profession. Students learn about and appreciate social works historical development, the range of professional interventions characteristic of contemporary practice, ethical issues and concerns confronting practitioners, and the organizational contexts of practice. Regardless of the students choice of concentration, the program emphasizes commitment to culturally diverse populations and women, issues of social and economic justice, and the advancement of the knowledge base of the profession.
Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin generally support themselves in one of the following ways: departmental aid in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; fellowships administered by the Office of Graduate Studies; need-based financial aid administered by the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS), and outside funding or employment.