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2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Supplemental Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Work Major, BSW

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Program Mission

The program is designed to produce sound, beginning generalist social work practitioners at the baccalaureate level who demonstrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the profession by working with diverse populations in the local, national and global communities.

The mission of the Social Work program at Winston-Salem State University is to provide undergraduate instruction that will equip social work graduates with the skills they need to become beginning generalist social work practitioners. The program will provide students with the knowledge and ethical skills needed in direct service positions in order to be able to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our graduates will be able to employ integrated strategies in assessing human needs throughout their careers. In addition, graduates will also be able to affirm the dynamics of different groups, taking into consideration their unique racial, economic, ethnic, gender, physical and cognitive characteristics.

Program Purpose

The Social Work Program emphasizes the history of social work and how its history has shaped current social work practice as we know it today. The program provides quality courses that focus on emerging topics in the areas of social welfare policy, research, human behavior, ethics, and social work methods. The program heavily focuses on teaching students the knowledge and application of values/ethics in practice with ALL populations. Students, will be challenged in a dynamic community agency and supervised by a competent field instructor. It is our hope that students, after receiving this sound training, will further their education in graduate or professional programs to engage in higher levels of practice to improve the conditions of oppressed people everywhere.

The goals of the Social Work Program are the following: 

  • To address the need for competent entry-level, beginning generalist social workers who can work on the micro, mezzo and macro levels of social work practice.
  • To address social and economic injustices within the context of the political economic structures currently in society.
  • To address issues surrounding social work values, ethics, and skills in professional practice.
  • To address the need for students and graduates to become critical thinkers through their professional careers.
  • To address the need for students to attend professional and continuing education seminars through their professional careers.
  • To address the need for students and graduates to become sensitive to the diverse needs of multi-ethnic populations and at-risk populations.

 Upon Completion of the Social Work Program Students Will be Able to Demonstrate the Following Competencies (Council on Social Work Education, 2015):

  • Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Special Admission Requirements for the Major

Formal admission to the Social Work Program involves a series of steps. Students generally apply for formal admission to the program during the Introduction to Social Work course (SOW 3363  ). The Social Work Program Faculty/Admission’s Committee will review applications and admit qualified students into the program.  Students cannot be enrolled or take upper level classes in the major until they have officially  applied and been admitted into the program.


To be admitted to the Social Work program students:

  • complete the Social Work Program application while enrolled in (SOW 3363  ) Introduction to Social Work.  (After careful review, The Social Work Program Faculty/Admission’s Committee will notify students of their status in the program);
  • successfully complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in general education requirements;
  • successfully complete SOW 3363  -Introduction to Social Work, with a grade of “C” or higher, and have an overall GPA of 2.0;
  • submit a current copy of the official transcript;
  • sign a statement indicating that they read and agreed to the follow the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW);
  • secure required letters of reference; and
  • complete required volunteer hours.

*A transfer student may declare Social Work their intended major; however, admission to the Social Work Program is dependent upon the following the requirements above.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in social work must take a minimum of 40 semester hours of required social work (SOW) courses and 6 semester hours of required related course work. SOC 2301  , PSY 1301  and an introductory statistics class (GER 2326  /SOC 2326  /MAT 2326  ) must be completed as part of general education (9 semester hours). Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all required SOW courses.

The student and advisor must meet a minimum of twice during the academic year to ensure sequential selection of courses and to avoid delays in the student completing the Social Work program.  Any deviation from this curriculum should be done in consultation with the Social Work Program Coordinator.

Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience is not given, in whole or in part, in lieu of the field practicum or for courses in the professional foundation areas specified in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). Social Work credit earned at a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is reviewed and evaluated by the BSW Program Coordinator for transferability.


Prerequisite General Education Courses for Major (9 semester hours)


Required Major Courses (43 semester hours)

The BSW curriculum prepares its graduates for generalist practice through mastery of the core competencies (as noted above) based on a professional curriculum.  Students will take the following courses:

  • SOW 3363   Introduction to Social Work
  • SOW 3368   Social Welfare Policy I
  • SOW 3369   Social Welfare Policy II
  • SOW 3375   Social Work Methods I
  • SOW 3376   Social Work Methods II
  • SOW 3370   Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SOW 4340   Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SOW 3101   BSW Professional Seminar
  • SOW 3302   Social Work Research (cross-listed course)
  • SOW 4302   Applied SW Research
  • SOW 3641   Field Instruction I
  • SOW 4641   Field Instruction II


Required Related (6 semester hours)


  • Required SOW (social work) courses are offered in sequential order and (at least) once a year.
  • Students intending to apply to an advanced standing MSW (Master of Social Work) degree program will need to take a Human Biology or a Human Development course while matriculating in the BSW program for admissions consideration in an advanced MSW (master of Social Work) degree program. Not all programs are the same and thus students should always review the requirements of the graduate program of interest.


  • Students may receive conditional or provisional acceptance if they do not meet the special admissions requirements; this determination is based on the decision of the Admissions Committee.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA within the social work major to be eligible to enroll in SOW 3641  Field Instruction I (Field/Internship Program)

*The Social Work program is accrdited by the Council on Social Work Education





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