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We’re committed to preparing the next generation of social workers with the skills, knowledge and values they need to  improve the lives of others. 

Our School

The mission of the School of Social Work at NC State University is to prepare students for practice that addresses social, economic, cultural, demographic, and political changes affecting individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Through teaching, advising, research, and scholarship, the school emphasizes:

  •  Professional ethics
  •  Social justice
  •  Diversity
  •  Community engagement

We offer a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), a Master in Social Work (MSW) and an undergraduate minor in Social Work.

Ours is a proud history: begun more than 50 years ago, our bachelor of social work program is among the earliest accredited BSW programs in the United States. More recently, we added an undergraduate minor in social work. Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program began accepting students in 2005; we introduced an Advanced Standing MSW sequence for students with a BSW in 2010. 

The School of Social Work is housed in NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the second -largest college in the university. Our renowned social work faculty span a range of disciplines, including communication studies, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy, public and international affairs, sociology and anthropology.

Our students, faculty and staff are diverse in backgrounds and experiences. The School of Social Work is committed to incorporating diversity in teaching, research and service learning. 

We welcome students from diverse backgrounds to apply. Diversity enriches our educational programs and promotes social responsibility. We uphold the rights of students from different cultures and with different abilities to participate in our programs. We adhere to the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Code of Ethics that states:

“Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status and mental or physical disability. Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability.”

We engage in continuous and systematic planning, in keeping with the standards and expectations of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Policy and Accreditation Standards for Program Evaluation. We ensure that all updates, changes and improvements to the academic programs are evidenced based, data are collected, analyzed and aggregated to adjust for trends and the recommendations of constituents; those being students, alumni, faculty and advisory board members. We perform at least one level of data analysis and, when necessary, program changes, each year. We pay particular attention to student learning outcomes, as well as program outcomes.

We assess student learning outcomes at the respective program levels each semester. At the end of each academic year, we distribute an assessment survey to students to gather data about their classroom and field education experiences. We collect and analyze these data to measure identified outcomes and associations. Our advisory board conducts annual review and analysis of student surveys about specific aspects of the respective programs. In the future, assessments will be conducted with alumni to obtain critical feedback about their post-graduate preparation, experiences and opportunity for employment and practice advancement. We share our assessment findings with faculty, staff, advisory board members and students either through direct distribution and/or through our website.

View BSW Assessment of Student Outcomes

View MSW Assessment of Student Outcomes

Our Administrative Leadership Team

Dr. Dyson is an award-winning thought leader, higher education strategist, and subject matter expert, with over 20 years’ experience in supervisory and leadership roles. Currently, she is a Professor and Head for the School of Social Work in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the North Carolina State University. Additionally, she has over 20 years’ experience in HIV and STI research, prevention programming, and advocacy efforts. She is passionate about inclusive and equity-centered practices in higher education & administration, faculty development, mentoring, as well as advancing Anti-Black and Anti-Racist practices in all systems (education, health, justice, etc.). Her research interests focus on improving the health, access, and well-being of historically oppressed communities, mentoring experiences for Black women and women of color, as well as improving the sexual and reproductive health outcomes among women & girls and Black College Students.

Presently, she is the Director of the Well-Being, Intersectionality & Sustainability Engagement-Empowerment-Equity Research Lab (The WIS3 Lab) and creator of the Engag3 Biomedical-Behavioral HIV Prevention Intervention that focuses on decreasing binge drinking while increasing protective sexual health behaviors. In addition, this project also explores the sexual decision making, perception of risk, well-being and physical health tenets related to Black College students. Furthermore, she has served as the Director and Principal Investigator for the HRSA BHWET funded Integrated Behavioral Health & Racial Equity Scholars (IBHRES) Project, a training program that focuses on increasing the knowledge and skills of graduate level students who are interested in joining the behavioral health workforce and serve communities in high need and high demand areas. In total, she has secured over $5 million in external funding across various funding mechanisms.

Finally, Dr. Dyson obtained a Ph.D. in Social Work Policy, Planning, and Administration & Social Science from the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Social Work degree (Clinical Concentration) from The Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Social Work (Community Organizing Concentration) from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

The Historic 1911 Building

The Victorian building with a broad Doric verandah (the cream-colored columns are made of brick) had a total area of 45,008 square feet. Originally, it was the largest dormitory in the South. The Class of 1911, which effectively banned the practice of hazing new freshman, impressed faculty members to such a degree that the new dormitory was named in its honor.

When freshmen entered NC State in 1907, it was a popular practice throughout American campuses for upperclassmen to harass new students through rough discipline and humiliating initiations. Tired of the stunts, the Class of 1911 challenged all of the sophomores “to align themselves on opposite sides of Red Diamond [Pullen Park], and at a signal, lunge at each other with weapons limited to bare fists.” The confrontation relaxed much of the tension for the rest of the year. In addition, the Class of 1911 vowed never to haze students, and observed their promise, causing a “landmark in the history of the college.”

Class officers who participated in the achievement were President O. M. Sigman, who died in W.W.I; Vice-President J. W. Rollinson, who later worked with the Savannah Electric and Power Company; Secretary-Treasurer E. R. McCracken Graham, a textile specialist with the U.S. government; Historian J. P. Quinerly Grifton, a farm agent with the Agricultural Extension Service; and Poet J. M. Beal, later professor of botany at the Universities of Mississippi and Chicago and chairman of the board of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Constructed as dorm for 130 students; originally one of the largest dorms in the South.

Wings added to north and south ends to accommodate 110 additional students.

Student population declines during World War II; dorm converted to offices and classrooms; Extension Service, Rural Sociology, Engineering, and Veterans Administration are first tenants.

College Student Union offices move in.

Various offices move out; Social Studies, Music, radio station, Agromeck and other student publications move in.

Various offices move in and out of 1911 Building, including Industrial Education, career counseling, purchasing, World Languages and Cultures, and the Sea Grant program.

Following extensive renovations, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Social Work, and CHASS Interdisciplinary Programs take up residence.