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BSW Program

Preparing students for entry-level professional practice in social work and advanced graduate-level academic work.


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A Day In the Life Of a Social Worker

Program Overview

Our BSW Program has a proven track record as one of the nation’s first accredited programs. We’ve been training BSW students for more than 30 years to help them prepare for the next step in their social work careers.   

Our curriculum incorporates a professional foundation that includes:

  • Social Work Practice
  • Human Behavior and Diversity
  • Community Social Services
  • Social Policy
  • Research Methodology for Social Workers

The final semester of the BSW degree program is compromised of a 420-hour Agency Field Internship and a three-hour weekly Field Seminar. For details, see “What to Expect from Your BSW Field Internship.” For questions, please contact Professor Barbara Zelter, BSW Field Coordinator.

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Social Work Minor

Earn a minor in Social Work and you will become familiar with the social service system, major social welfare programs and elements of the profession of social work. The social work minor is an excellent choice for students interested in combining a primary academic area (major), such as  sociology, political science, psychology, nonprofit studies, or Spanish or other language.

The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. Paperwork for certification can be found in Room 205-C in the 1911 Building and should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Minor requirements

Program Requirements

Residency Requirements

Residency Requirements: A minimum of 34 credit hours, including three practice courses, field preparation and fieldwork, must be completed at NC State's Department of Social Work BSW Program.

Graduation Requirements: A 2.0 GPA is required for all major coursework. No courses taken for S/U credit will count toward the major or minor (with the exception of SW 480 where only S/U grades are assigned).