Social Work, B.S.W.

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.

  1. Required courses
    Satisfactory completion of the courses listed below with a grade of C or higher.
    Introduction to Social Work
    And be enrolled or have completed
    Social Policy and Services
    Human Behavior and Social Environment
  2. GPA
    A minimum university GPA of 2.50
  3. Credit hours
    Completion of a minimum of 51 credit hours
  4. 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

  1. Social Work major
    Prior admission to the Social Work Major
  2. Required courses
    Completion of the courses below (or their equivalent) and completion of the department’s culture and diversity requirement.
    Major Concepts of Biology
    Principles of Biology I
    Introduction to Biological Anthropology
    Economics of a Global Sustainable Society
    Families and Close Relationships
    American Politics
    General Psychology
    Introduction to Sociology
    Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    or SWK 250
  3. Credit hours
    Completion of 84 credits with a 2.50 grade point average
  4. Early field experience
    Satisfactory completion of all early field experience requirements
  5. 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.
    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
  6. Application process
    An application process and approval of the Director of Field Instruction

General Information

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

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Requirements - Minerva's Academic Curriculum (MAC)

Major Requirements

Admission to Field Instruction19
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
Practice Sequence24
Social Work Methods I
Social Work Methods II
Field Instruction I
Field Instruction II
Field Instruction Seminar I
Field Instruction Seminar II
Select 6 remaining credits in social work at the 400 level
Related Area Requirements24
Major Concepts of Biology
Principles of Biology I
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Economics of a Global Sustainable Society
Principles of Microeconomics
Families and Close Relationships
American Politics
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics *
or SWK 250
Culture and Diversity Requirement6
Select 6 credits of the following: **
Introduction to African American Studies
Blacks in American Society: Social, Economic, and Political Perspectives
Contemporary Non-Western Cultures
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Cultures of Native North America
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
Global Peacebuilding
Women and the Law
Introduction to Asian Religion
Judaism
Buddhism
Hinduism
Islam
Introduction to African American Religions
Religion in America
American Sign Language I
Elementary American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Elementary American Sign Language II
People with Disabilities in American Society
Race and Ethnic Relations
Sociological Perspectives on Gender
An Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to LGBTQI Studies
Gender and Violence
Postcolonial and Transnational Feminisms
*

Social work majors who take the SWK course instead of STA course will need to also take a general math course to meet the MAC requirement. MAT 112 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.

Optional Concentration

The optional concentration as detailed following the major requirements may be added, but is not required.

  • Social Work with Special Subject-Area Licensure in School Social Work

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree.

Addiction Studies Concentration Requirements

Required16
Field Instruction I *
Field Instruction II *
Substance Use and Social Work Practice
Select 1 course from the following:
Drugs and Society
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
*

Must be completed in an addictions setting.

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.

Teacher Education6
Cultural Foundations of Education
School Social Work
Field Instruction10
Field Instruction I
Field Instruction II

Disciplinary Honors in Social Work 

Requirements

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours as defined below.
  • UNC Greensboro cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better or, for transfer students, cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better from all prior institutions.
Required3
Senior Honors Project
6 credits of Honors course work in the major6
3 credits of Honors course work in the major or another area3

Recognition

Receive a Certificate of Disciplinary Honors in Social Work; have that accomplishment, along with the title of the Senior Honors Project, noted on the official transcript; and be recognized at a banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Honors Advisor

Contact Daniel Rhodes at dtrhodes@uncg.edu for further information and guidance about Honors in Social Work. To apply: http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/forms/disc-application.pdf