The UNC Charlotte BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work education programs. The BSW degree prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. Generalist practice relates to utilizing multiple types of intervention that would be useful for different types of social systems and client populations. Emphases are placed on the following:
All of these emphases related to generalist practice are centered in professional social work values and ethics within an increasingly global environment and are designed to affirm the human rights of diverse groups of people, especially populations-at-risk and groups which have historically been oppressed due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability.
UNC Charlotte BSW graduates are employed in a variety of areas such as child protective services, substance abuse treatment, hospitals, youth and children services, criminal justice, adoptions/foster care, hospice, and long term care. They work from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina as well as all across the United States.
Upper Division Progression
Students must apply for Upper Division BSW admission through the Social Work Department. Once accepted and admitted as an Upper Division student, students will matriculate through a rigorous academic course of study. Please see BSW Admissions (hyperlink here to Amy’s page) to learn more about the admission process. Students accepted into the program, must adhere to the following social work degree requirements:
Students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.25 in the social work major. Failure to maintain minimum GPA requirements will result in dismissal from the major.
Students must receive a grade of C or better in every Upper Division SOWK course and a grade of P in every field practicum course. Students who receive two grades of D or F during matriculation in Upper Division will be dismissed from the major.
Students who earn a grade of D or F are permitted one course repeat (i.e., students may pursue a course repeat on one occasion only during matriculation in Upper Division). Students who repeat a course and achieve a grade of C or higher may continue to progress in Upper Division. Students who receive a grade of D or F for a course repeat will be dismissed from the major.
Students are permitted to apply to repeat a field practicum course only once. The Field Committee will review the student’s application to repeat field, as well as their overall performance in the Program, and then render a decision as to whether the student will be permitted to repeat the field practicum course. Field Committee denial decisions for repeating a field practicum course will result in a student’s dismissal from the major. In addition, a student who is permitted to repeat a field practicum course and does not achieve a grade of P will be dismissed from the major.
The mission of the UNC Charlotte BSW Program is to provide a learning environment conducive to preparing generalist social work professionals to serve the diverse populations of the Charlotte metropolitan region.
The goals of the UNC Charlotte BSW Program are as follows:
In order to achieve its mission and goals, the UNC Charlotte BSW Program pursues a range of objectives congruent with CSWE educational standards. BSW graduates are expected to demonstrate the ability to:
Function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and seek necessary organizational change.
The department highly advises that all interested students and current students thoroughly review the BSW Academic Plan of Study. It contains a program summary, program requirements, minimum criteria for admission, a summary of credit hours, and suggested plan of study. Please click this link to download the BSW Academic Plan of Study.
Comprehensive information about the BSW Program curriculum and policies can be found in the BSW Student Program Handbook located on the web at Student Services Handbook web page. All BSW students are responsible for adhering to the policies and requirements of the Program as delineated in the Handbook.
The major in Social Work is based on a liberal arts foundation, augmented by social work and social work-related courses. In addition to completing all University general education requirements, the BSW major requires that students complete 65 credits made up of 44 credits in required SOWK courses and 21 credits in required courses from other disciplines. The core SOWK courses for the social work major are: SOWK 1101, 2182, 2183, 3120, 3133, 3181, 3182, 3184, 3199, 3201, 3202, 3482, 3484, 3900, and 3988. Other required courses for the social work major are SOCY 1101, BIOL 1110, BIOL 1110L; PSYC 1101, POLS 1110, and PSYC 3151. Students must acquire a minimum of 120 total credits in order to graduate from UNC Charlotte.
SOWK course descriptions are listed here. Descriptions for required related-discipline courses may be found in the University Undergraduate Catalog.
SOWK 1101 The Field of Social Work (3)
Students will learn about the social work profession, including its history, values, and areas of professional practice. (Fall, Spring, Summer). Day.
SOWK 2182 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3)
Prerequisite: BIOL1110, BIOL 1110 Lab, SOCY 1101, and PSYC 1101. Prerequisite or corequisite: SOWK1101. Students will focus on human development within the biological, psychological and social structure as it occurs throughout the life span. (Fall, Summer). Day
SOWK 2183 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3)
Prerequisite: SOWK 2182. Students will learn the foundational frameworks for understanding human interaction between individuals, families, communities, and larger social systems. (Spring, Summer). Day
SOWK 3900 Social Work Research I (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Students will be introduced to scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge while focusing on quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design and sampling techniques. (Spring). Day
SOWK 3120 Diversity and Populations-at-Risk (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Students will analyze issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, and ability within social work practice. (Fall). Day
SOWK 3181 Practice Methods I (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Corequisite: SOWK 3900, 3202. Students will develop competencies in generalist social work practice methods with an emphasis on working with individuals. (Spring) Day
SOWK 3182 Practice Methods II (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing, SOWK 3181. Corequisite: SOWK 3482. Students will develop competencies in generalist social work practice methods with an emphasis on working with families and groups. (Fall) Day
SOWK 3184 Practice Methods III (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing and SOWK 3182. Corequisite: SOWK 3484. Students will develop competencies in generalist social work practice methods with an emphasis on working with communities and large systems. (Spring) Day
SOWK 3201 Foundations of Social Welfare (3) (W)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Corequisite: SOWK 3202. Students will learn about the history of and current trends in social welfare, as well as values and conflicts that influence social welfare programming. (Fall) Day
SOWK 3202 Social Welfare Policy (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing and Prerequisite: SOWK 3201. Students will learn to critically analyze social welfare policy, including policy development and reform processes and outcomes. (Spring) Day
SOWK 3133 Community Engagement and Outreach (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Corequisite: SOWK 3120 and SOWK 3199. Students will engage in experiential learning in order to effectively prepare them for social work practice with vulnerable populations, and specifically to enhance their ability to build relationships and facilitate access. (Fall) Day
SOWK 3482 Field Practicum I (5)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing, SOWK 3181. Corequisite 3182. Students will complete an approved supervised field experience 16 hours per week. Students concurrently participate in a field seminar to reinforce and enhance their field experience. (Fall) Day
SOWK 3484 Field Practicum II (6)
Prerequisite: Upper division standing, SOWK 3182 & SOWK 3482. Corequisite: SOWK 3184. Students will complete an approved supervised field experience 24 hours per week. Students concurrently participate in a field seminar to reinforce and enhance their field experience. (Spring) Day
SOWK 3895 Directed Independent Study (1-4)
Prerequisite: Consent of the Department. Supervised investigation of a special problem or area of practice. May be repeated for credit. (Fall Spring, Summer).
SOWK 3988 Research II (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing, SOWK 3900. Corequisite: SOWK 3182 & SOWK 3482. Students will comprehend quantitative and qualitative research and understand scientific and ethical approaches to building knowledge. (Fall) Day
SOWK 3199 Professional Behaviors, Ethics, & Communication (3)
Prerequisite: Upper Division standing. Corequisite: SOWK 3120 & SOWK 3133. Students will explore issues related to professional values, professional identity, continual learning, and best practices for social workers in a variety of practice situations. (Fall)
SOWK 4101 Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Prerequisite: Consent of the Department. Social work practice with older adults with an emphasis on assessment, intervention planning, and implementation. (On demand)
Students are required to complete four 3-hour courses examining varying population groups of interest to social work. Please click on the link for a listing of preapproved population courses.
Field education is a critical component of the BSW major and occurs during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. Students are required to complete an application for field education during the semester prior to entering field placement. The Director of Field Education reviews all applications and meets with students to plan their field education experience. To the extent feasible, efforts are made to place students in field settings that are congruent with their professional social work practice interests. All field placement agencies must be located within a 50 mile radius of the University. In addition, all field placement settings must provide generalist practice learning opportunities and meet the UNC Charlotte Department of Social Work requirements for BSW field instruction. Students are not permitted to make contacts with potential field agencies or potential field instructors without the approval of the Field Director. All placement arrangements must be initiated by the Field Director. Please click on Field Education (hyperlink here) for additional information about the Field Education program and requirements.
Admissions Director: Amy Barsanti, M.S.W., Department of Social Work CHHS 489 email@example.com (704‑687‑7930)
Assistant Director of Field Placement: Ms. Heather Douglas, M.S.W., LCSW, Department of Social Work CHHS Building, 489A firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the BSW degree, academic advising, and pursuing the BSW major, Contact:
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