Social Work, B.S.W.
The purpose of the Social Work major is to prepare students for entry level generalist practice in social work. This is a professional program of study which is strongly grounded for the first two years in liberal arts; the second two years focus on the professional curriculum. The program prepares students for work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education for an eight-year period ending in June 2021.
Admission to the Social Work Major
The student who wishes to formally declare Social Work as a major should consult with the Undergraduate Program Director. Admission is competitive and limited. Decisions concerning admission are announced by January 1 and are effective with the beginning of the spring semester. Admission to the major is based upon the criteria listed below.
- Required courses
Satisfactory completion of the courses listed below with a grade of C or higher.
Course List Code Title Credit Hours Introduction to Social Work And be enrolled or have completed Social Policy and Services Human Behavior and Social Environment
A minimum university GPA of 2.50
- Credit hours
Completion of a minimum of 51 credit hours
- Application packet
Completion and submission of the B.S.W. Application Packet by December 7 of the year in which the student is seeking admission
Requirements for Admission to Field Instruction
- Social Work major
Prior admission to the Social Work Major
- Required courses
Completion of the courses below (or their equivalent) and completion of the department’s culture and diversity requirement.
Course List Code Title Credit Hours Major Concepts of Biology Introduction to Economics Families and Close Relationships American Politics General Psychology Introduction to Sociology Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statisticsor SWK 250 Introduction to Social Work Data Analysis
- Credit hours
Completion of 84 credits with a 2.50 grade point average
- Early field experience
Satisfactory completion of all early field experience requirements
- SWK Courses
Satisfactory completion of the courses listed below with a minimum grade of C. No Social Work course may be taken more than twice.
Course List Code Title Credit Hours Introduction to Social Work Social Policy and Services Human Behavior and Social Environment Social Work, Diversity, and Vulnerable Populations Research in Social Work Practice Professional Skills
- Application process
An application process and approval of the Director of Field Instruction
Admission to the university does not constitute acceptance to the department. Academic credit is not awarded for life or work experience. Community social work agencies cooperate with the Department of Social Work in providing field work experiences for the students. The number of students placed for field instruction is determined by the availability of these resources. At times, there may not be an approved site for student placement and there may be delay in meeting that part of the graduation requirements.
Students enrolled in the practice sequence are individually responsible for their own transportation to and from community agencies. Students are required to provide proof of liability and malpractice insurance. Malpractice insurance information is available in the departmental office.
Students who fail to enter senior year field instruction within two years of completion of all Bachelor of Social Work foundation courses* must reapply for admission to the social work program. The Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program in consultation with the student and faculty will decide what social work courses, if any, must be repeated prior to reapplying for admission to field instruction.
Students who enter field instruction and fail to successfully complete it must reapply for admission to field instruction within two years of completion of all Bachelor of Social Work foundation courses*. If more than two years elapse, the student must reapply for admission to the social work program. Students who have previously entered field instruction and have not successfully completed it may only reapply once for readmission.
BSW Foundation Courses
- 122 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
Degree Program Requirements
|General Education Core Requirements (GEC)|
|Admission to Field Instruction||19|
|Introduction to Social Work|
|Social Policy and Services|
|Human Behavior and Social Environment †|
|Social Work, Diversity, and Vulnerable Populations|
|Research in Social Work Practice|
|Social Work Methods I|
|Social Work Methods II|
|Field Instruction I|
|Field Instruction II|
|Field Instruction Seminar I|
|Field Instruction Seminar II|
|Select 6 credits in social work at the 500 level||6|
|Related Area Requirements||25|
|Major Concepts of Biology ††|
|Principles of Biology I|
or ATY 253
|Introduction to Biological Anthropology|
|Introduction to Economics †|
|Families and Close Relationships|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics * †††|
or SWK 250
|Introduction to Social Work Data Analysis|
|Culture and Diversity Requirement||6|
|Select 6 credits of the following: **||6|
|Introduction to African American Studies|
|Blacks in American Society: Social, Economic, and Political Perspectives|
|Contemporary Non-Western Cultures|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Cultures of North American Indians|
|Women in Literature|
|Early African American Writers|
|African American Writers after the 1920s|
|Issues Affecting Women and Families|
|Gender and Health|
|Income, Social Status, and Health|
|Immigrant and Refugee Health|
|Race and Slavery|
|Race and Segregation|
|U.S. Women's History to 1865|
|U.S. Women's History Since 1865|
|Conflict and Culture|
|Women in Politics|
|Women and the Law|
|Introduction to Asian Religion|
|Introduction to African American Religions|
|Religion in America|
|Contemporary American Jewish Thought|
|American Sign Language I|
or ASL 101
|Elementary American Sign Language I|
|American Sign Language II|
or ASL 102
|Elementary American Sign Language II|
|People with Disabilities in American Society|
|Race and Ethnic Relations|
|Sociological Perspectives on Gender|
|Hispanic Cultures and Civilizations|
|An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies|
|Introduction to LGBTQI Studies|
|Gender and Violence|
|Postcolonial and Transnational Feminisms|
|Total Credit Hours||86|
Social work majors who take the SWK course instead of STA course will need to also take a general math course to meet the GEC requirement. MAT 112 Contemporary Topics in Mathematics is recommended.
All students must establish elementary competence in culture and human diversity. To do so, a student may establish foreign language proficiency (through 102) at the elementary level (0-6 credits) or complete 6 credits in course work chosen from the courses listed.
Counts toward GEC GSB requirement.
Counts toward GEC GNS requirement.
Counts toward GEC GMT requirement.
Social Work with Special Subject-Area Licensure in School Social Work Concentration Requirements
Students intending to become licensed for school social work by the Department of Public Instruction need to complete the licensure program which has been developed with the School of Education (see School of Education Licensure Programs).
In addition to completing the requirements for the social work major, the student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, and successfully complete the courses listed below.
Field Instruction courses must be taken in a school social work setting.
Licensure for school social work is granted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Students interested in School Social Work Licensure should contact the advisor for School Social Work Licensure in the Department of Social Work.
|Cultural Foundations of Education|
|School Social Work|
|Field Instruction I|
|Field Instruction II|
Electives sufficient to complete the 122 credit hours required for the degree.