BSW Program

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

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Program Overview

Social work is an exciting, challenging, and dynamic profession. No matter what the political climate or the changing nature of personal or social needs, social workers will be in demand. The BSW Program provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills to respond competently to:

  •  The aspirations and service needs of diverse client populations
  • The contexts that shape the needs of clients and service delivery systems throughout the state and beyond.

Social workers are employed in a variety of settings including health care, mental health, child welfare, public welfare, addictions recovery, public schools, and various public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Social Workers provide services to the aging and individuals with developmental disabilities, and many other populations in public and private settings. In each of these areas there is a need for professional preparation, and the BSW graduate will be equipped to embark upon a career in their chosen field. All states, including North Carolina, have licensing or certification procedures for social work practice.

The final semester of the BSW degree program is comprised 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 Trinette Langley, BSW Field Coordinator or Dr. Stephanie Francis, Director of Field Education.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards do not allow students to receive academic credit for life or work experience.

Are you interested in learning about the daily lives of social workers? Get the information directly from our students working in the field! Check out our video below…

The BSW Program Mission & Goals

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.

The NC State University BSW Program mission is to prepare students for entry-level professional generalist practice with diverse populations. BSW students acquire knowledge, social work professional values, and skills necessary to respond competently to (a) the service needs of diverse populations and (b) the social and political environments that influence the needs of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. The program emphasizes human and social well-being, human rights, social and economic justice and empowerment of individuals, families, groups, and communities that experience oppression and discrimination.

  • Goal 1: Prepare students for entry level generalist practice with diverse client systems at micro,
    mezzo and macro levels.
  • Goal 2: Prepare students for ongoing professional development that may include graduate
  • Goal 3: Prepare students for professional leadership in social and economic justice.


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 School 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).

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