Our mission is to prepare students for practice that addresses the social, economic, cultural, demographic and political changes that shape our world and beyond. Through teaching, advising, practice and research, we emphasize:
- Professional ethics
- Social justice
- Community engagement
We offer a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), a Master in Social Work (MSW) and an undergraduate minor in Social Work.
Our Past Prepares You for the Future
Ours is a proud history: begun more than 30 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.
Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State
The Department 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.
A World-Leading University at the Hub of Innovation
NC State, the largest university in North Carolina, is a national best value for its signature combination of academic excellence and affordability. NC State is located in Raleigh, the state capital, which is one of the three cities anchoring North Carolina’s world-famous Research Triangle region. Raleigh and the surrounding area – a few hours’ drive from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean beaches to the east – are consistently rated among the best places to live and work in the United States by Forbes and Money magazines.
Diversity and Inclusion
Our students, faculty and staff are diverse in backgrounds and experiences. The Department 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.
Social Work Feature – Social Work News More Stories
From Professor to Professor Emerita: Dr. Joan Pennell Retires after 20 Years of Honorable Service to the Department of Social Work
When Dr. Joan Pennell moved to North Carolina from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, in December 1997 to take the position of Director of the Social Work Program at NC State, she thought she had arrived in heaven. With its flowering […]
Meet Some of Our Outstanding 2018 Graduates
Our community of nearly 40,000 alumni will grow even larger this spring, as nearly 1,000 Humanities and Social Sciences undergraduate and graduate students earn NC State diplomas for their hard work.
Social Work Student Briana Garcia, her Prestigious Scholarships, and Women of Color Travel Blog
During August of 2017, rising social work senior Briana Garcia was awarded the prestigious Gilman and Travelers Scholarships to fund her fall 2017 study abroad experience to Chile. The Gilman Scholarship or “the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman […]
Wolfpack rides five-run sixth inning to season-opening victory
Social Work Graduate Student Johnny Piedmonte is a member of the baseball team. Read the article here!