The BSW Program in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina Central University prepares students for generalist practice. Our generalist model fosters in students the view that individuals and society are synergistically linked to each other for mutual well-being and survival. That is, individual’s needs are met through participating in the contributions of individuals occupying productive social roles.
The essential focus of the BSW Program is “the person and the social environment.” Individual and societal needs reflect a breakdown in the mutual exchange between the individual and society. Thus, the point of baccalaureate social work intervention is where the individual and society reach out for each other through mutual need for self-actualization. On the other hand, the stability, health, and goal attainment of society is assured through individuals learning and occupying useful roles within small groups such as families and informal support networks and also large formal groups such as political, economic, educational, and religious organizations.
1. 120 Semester Hours:
As generalist/direct-service professionals, students are expected to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and values associated with several key social work roles. The most important of these roles include; counselor, advocate, case manager, and broker. Initial exposure to the professional Social Work curriculum occurs during the sophomore year. Students take the courses SOCW 2500 Social Work as a Profession and SOCW 3410 Social Welfare Institution as prerequisites for formal admission to the social work program. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in the prerequisite courses.
Students complete a minimum of 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Practice courses (SOCW 3610 Interventive Methods in the Helping Professions I and SOCW 3620 Interventive Methods in the Helping Professions II), field practice, and senior seminar courses are completed at NCCU. Students must repeat “D” and “F” grades in social work courses.
Students can officially apply to the BSW program when the prerequisite courses are completed, and the application packet (e.g., application, narrative, diversity essay, and letters of recommendation). Students cannot enroll in field practicum or practice courses until they are officially admitted to the BSW Program and approval is granted by the director of field education and the department chair.
2. General Education Requirement: 36 semester hour:
Departmental Requirements (must have a ‘C’ or better):
4. Concentration Requirements
5. Additional Requirements
Students have a total of 17 credit hours of general electives.