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College of Human Ecology


School of Social Work


Shelia Grant Bunch, Director, School of Social Work Office, 224 Rivers Building
Monte Miller, Bachelor of Social Work Program Coordinator, 202 Rivers Building

The School of Social Work offers the bachelor of social work and the master of social work degrees. (See also graduate catalog.)

Social work is a helping profession which focuses on providing skilled intervention in the prevention and amelioration of individual and societal problems. It is a challenging and rewarding career involving the application of knowledge, skills, and professional values to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities in reaching their full potential. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The principal educational objective of the major in social work is to prepare students for beginning professional generalist social work practice from a strengths based perspective. To prepare for this level of practice, students will learn the history and current development of social welfare programs; methods of influencing social change; professional values and ethics; the particular needs of oppressed populations; theories of human behavior; family, group, community and organizational functioning, an appreciation of research and methods of practice evaluation; and skills for practice with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. The degree provides graduates a competitive advantage in many human services jobs and the possibility of up to one year’s credit in some master’s degree programs in social work (commonly referred to as advanced standing).

All majors are required to complete a field education internship of 12 s.h. in one semester in an approved agency. Agencies serving as field placements include North Carolina county departments of social services, behavioral health agencies, public health centers, state hospitals for individuals living with mental illness, centers for individuals living with mental retardation, alcoholic rehabilitation centers, public schools, state judicial and correctional systems, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health and hospice, community based organizations, and long-term care facilities.

Admission to the BSW program is made during the fall semester. Students should submit an application to the program during the spring and summer. A student is eligible to apply for admission to the BSW degree program when the following required conditions are met: completion of a minimum of 32 s.h.; an overall 2.5 GPA; and completion of SOCW 1010, 2010 with a 2.5 GPA in these courses. Students not meeting the required GPA may apply for provisional acceptance to the major. The BSW Admissions Committee will review provisional admissions and submit recommendations to the program coordinator. Students who plan to transfer from a junior or community college are encouraged to take a four-year college preparatory curriculum that includes human biology. The social work program will not accept for required major credit upper-level courses (numbered 3000 and 4000 at East Carolina University) taken at a junior or community college. The BSW program chairperson will determine the applicability of upper-level courses taken at senior colleges in meeting the BSW degree requirements. The School does not approve academic credit for prior work or life experience.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Social work majors must pass all required social work courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0). Minimum degree requirement is 124 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    BIOL 1050, 1051. General Biology and Laboratory (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    BIOL 1060. Environmental Biology (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section of the SAT/ACT) or equivalent
    POLS 1010. National Government (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 51 s.h.
    SOCW 1010. Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work (3)
    SOCW 2010. Introduction to Social Work Practice with Special Populations (3)
    SOCW 3101. Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3) (C: SOCW 3201, 3301 for SOCW majors)
    SOCW 3201. Social Work Practice I (3) (P: SOCW majors only, C: SOCW 3101, 3301)
    SOCW 3202. Social Work Practice II (3) (P: SOCW 3201, C: SOCW 3302, 3401)
    SOCW 3301. Social Work Policy I (3) (P: SOCW 2010, consent of instructor or program coordinator, C: SOCW 3101, 3201)
    SOCW 3305. Social Work Policy II (3) (WI) (Formerly SOCW 4303) (P: SOCW major or consent of instructor or program coordinator; C: SOCW 3202,3401)
    SOCW 3401. Social Work Research and Statistics (3) (WI) (P: SOCW major or consent of instructor or program coordinator, C: SOCW 3202, 3302)
    SOCW 4102. Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3) (P: SOCW 3101; C: SOCW 4203, 4303)
    SOCW 4203. Social Work Practice III (3) (P: SOCW 3202; C: SOCW 4102, 4303)
    SOCW 4305. Social Work Policy III (3) (Formerly SOCW 3302) (P: SOCW 3301, 3305; C: SOCW 4102, 4203)
    SOCW 4990. Field Education and Seminar (12) (F,S) (P: SOCW major with a minimum 2.5 GPA; approval of the field education office; completion of all required SOCW courses)
    Choose 6 s.h. SOCW electives
  3. Cognates - 15 s.h.
    Choose one from:
    HIST 1051. American History Since 1877 (3) (WI*) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3031. Economic History of the United States Since 1865 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3240. The Age of Franklin Roosevelt, 1919-1945 (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3245. The United States Since 1945 (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    Choose one from:
    PSYC 3300. Psychology of Personality (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 4375. Abnormal Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose one from:
    PSYC 2201. Psychology of Childhood (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060 or equivalent)
    PSYC 3206. Developmental Psychology (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    Choose two from:
    SOCI 2111. Modern Social Problems (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 3289. Community Organization (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4347. Social Inequality (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4350. Social Change (3) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    Students may submit a written request for the consideration of a cognate substitution to the program coordinator.
  4. General electives: Students will be encouraged to choose electives which will strengthen their total program.

Additional Opportunities

The social work major deciding to seek certification as a school social worker must be accepted into the upper division of teacher education. This should be done during the sophomore year and prior to or at the point the student is accepted as a social work major. The College of Education and the School of Social Work will maintain a record to help track the student’s completion of certification requirements. Upon completion of appropriate social work courses and education courses, the School of Social Work and the College of Education will recommend certification to the State Department of Public Instruction.