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Social Work, B.S.W.

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function as effectively as possible within their environment, be it a context such as a family, a group, an organization such as a job, or a community. The UNC Charlotte BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work education programs. The BSW degree prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Generalist practice relates to utilizing multiple types of interventions that would be useful for different types of social systems and client populations. BSW graduate provide services such as assessment and intervention, counseling, crisis intervention, referral, mediation, and advocacy with diverse populations across all age groups. BSW graduates work in a broad array of settings including: hospitals; group homes; mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, and youth and family service agencies; nursing homes, and schools. The degree is centered in professional social work values and ethics within an increasingly global environment and is designed to affirm the human rights of diverse groups of people, especially populations-at-risk and groups which have historically been oppressed due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability. BSW education also provides an excellent foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate study in social work.

Degree Requirements

The Major in Social Work leading to the BSW degree consists of 121-123 credit hours.

General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program .  Students majoring in Social Work should take the following courses that meet general education and major requirements:

Foundation Course (1 or 3 credit hours)

Population Group Courses (12 credit hours)

Select four 3-hour courses examining diverse and vulnerable population groups of interest to social work.  The following courses are pre-approved as population group courses.  For a complete listing of preapproved Population Group Courses, please visit the School of Social Work website.  The courses on the list of preapproved population group courses are the only ones that can be used to meet this requirement.  All questions should be directed to the BSW Program Director.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed.

Degree Total = 121-123 Credit Hours

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required.