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BSW Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if Social Work is right for me?

Social Work is for you if your answer is yes to all of the following questions;

  • Do you like working with underrepresented populations (minorities, children, reformed convicts, older adults, etc.)?
  • Are you a people person?
  • Are you an open-minded individual who welcomes the opportunity to work with all kinds of people in various places?
  • Do you get satisfaction from helping others?

What can I do with a degree in Social Work?

Social Work is a very versatile degree. Many students enter the field of social work because they think that they want to go into counseling, but that is just one possible career choice. A counselor is just one type of social worker. Social workers also work in public health, substance abuse, mental health, child welfare, veteran affairs, schools, case management, social services, clinical therapy, community development, criminal justice and corrections, developmental disabilities, employee assistance, lobbying, policy making, etc.

I am a student with AP/college credits, how will those transfer to NC State?

Each student's credits will transfer differently depending on where the credits transfer from. You can see how your courses will transfer in to the Social Work Program by checking the NC State Transfer Course List. If you do not see your course listed, please check with the BSW Advising Coordinator.

Can I take Social Work classes if I am not a Social Work major?

Yes, you may take a limited number of classes as an NDS (non-degree student) or as a student in another major. Keep in mind that not all classes are open to non-Social Work Majors. For a full list of social work classes and when they are offered please visit the course catalog. If you would like to see which social work courses are being offered in this and upcoming terms, visit the class search.

I have a lot of questions concerning transferring from a community college/other university to NC State, is there someone that I can speak to and see how long it would take for me to get my BSW?

Yes, our BSW Advising Coordinator is always happy to meet prospective students and discuss potential degree plans!

Admissions Disclaimer

Should a prospective student be denied admission into either the Bachelor of Social Work or the Master of Social Work program, the individual should be advised that the Department of Social Work at NC State is prohibited by federal law from providing any reasons for the denial of admission over the phone, email, etc.