College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Social Work


The mission of the Bachelor of 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 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. In addition, graduates will also be able to affirm the dynamics of different groups, taking into consideration their unique racial, ethnic, gender, physical and cognitive characteristics.

Social Work Program Goals

The Social Work Program at Winston-Salem State University will seek to provide a generalist (broad-based) level of preparation intended to equip undergraduates with competencies, such as critical thinking skills, which are needed to work with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students will receive high quality instruction from seasoned professors who hold terminal degrees and graduate degrees in the field. Student instruction will be based on an interdisciplinary/liberal-arts curriculum that includes courses in Human Behavior, Social Work Practice, Mathematics, Economics, Psychology, Research Methods, Music/Art, Field Education, Science, History, and Sociology. Furthermore, because of the ethnic diversity of our local community, the Social Work Program at Winston-Salem State University will strive to help its graduates integrate knowledge and ethical values with social work skills in order to promote an effective and culturally competent practice.

Specific program goals and objectives are listed below.

Program Goals

  1. 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.
  2. Address social and economic injustices within the context of the political economic structures currently in society.
  3. Address issues surrounding social work values, ethics, and skills in professional practice.
  4. Address the need for students and graduates to become critical thinkers through their professional careers.
  5. Address the need for students to attend professional and continuing education seminars through their professional careers.
  6. Address the need for students and graduates to become sensitive to the diverse needs of multi-ethnic populations and at-risk populations.

Social Work Program Objectives

  1. To provide a historical background for the social work profession and current social work practice.
  2. To prepare undergraduate students to identify social, political, and economic injustices that impact oppressed populations such as people of color, women, LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) persons, and the elderly.
  3. To prepare undergraduate students for employment as beginning generalist social work practitioners who will work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
  4. To provide an undergraduate generalist curriculum that facilitates the acquisition and demonstration of knowledge in social work values, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy, research, practice methods, cultural diversity, populations at risk, along with social and economic justice.
  5. To prepare undergraduate students to affirm and adhere to the basic values and ethics that guide social work practice.
  6. To prepare undergraduate students to appropriately use supervision in beginning generalist social work practice.
  7. To prepare students for graduate and professional education.
  8. To prepare and equip students with basic research competence within the context of social work practice.

Social Work Accreditation

Accreditation Outcome 2012


Although the student is chiefly responsible for completing the 123 semester hour, Bachelor of Social Work curriculum,students must be accurately advised by the social work program faculty to ensure that each student matriculates through the curriculum within the university-targeted four to five year time period. Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor by students' last name. 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 Bachelor of Social Work degree program.

Students seeking the BSW degree must take a minimum of 43 credit hours of social work courses and complete the following with a grade of C or better:

SOW 3363 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOW 3368 Social Welfare Policy I 3
SOW 3369 Social Welfare Policy II 3
SOW 3375 Social Work Methods I 3
SOW 3376 Social Work Methods II 3
SOW 3302 Social Work Research 3
SOW 3370 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
SOW 4340 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
SOW 3641 Field Instruction I 6
SOW 4641 Field Instruction II 6
SOW 4343 Ethics in SW Practice 3
SOW 3101 BSW Professional Seminar 1
SOW 4302 Applied SW Research 3

In support of the social work major, students are required to take:

CSC 1306 Computer and Its Use or
MIS 1385 Introduction to Data Processing 3
SOC 2301 General Sociology 3
PSY 2301 General Psychology 3
ECO 2312 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
MAT 2326 Elementary Statistics 3
SOC 2356 Marriage and Family 3
PSY 4321 Group Dynamics 3
SOC 4364 Race and Culture or
SOC 3343 Cultural Diversity 3

In addition, all students must complete General Education courses as well as special interest electives.

A minor in some other discipline is not required of Social Work majors.
A minor in Social Work is not offered.

Students may declare social work as their major upon entering Winston Salem State University. Incoming freshmen students will be advised through University College. That office is responsible for the advisement of students until they are ready to declare Social Work as a major, at which time advisement becomes the responsibility of the Social Work Program.

Formal admission to the Social Work Program involves an admissions procedure. Students generally apply for formal admission to the program in the spring of their sophomore year. The Social Work Program Committee will review applications for acceptance once each year and admit qualified students into the program.

To be admitted to the Social Work Program, students must:

  1. Have successfully completed a minimum of 45 credit hours, which include 42 hours of core requirements;
  1. Have completed SOW 3363-Introduction to Social Work with a grade of "C" or higher, and have an overall GPA of 2.0;
  1. Complete an application form (available in Social Work Office) for admission to the Social Work Program;
  1. Submit a current copy of their official transcripts;
  1. Sign a contract indicating that they have read and agreed to follow the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

    A student may apply to the Social Work Program while concurrently taking SOW 3363. Also a student may apply to the program if they will accumulate forty-five (45) credit hours by the end of the spring or summer semesters.

Transfer Student:

A transfer student may declare social work as his or her intended major; however admission to the social work program is dependent upon the following:

  • Completion of the general education courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0;
  • Completion of SOW 3363 Introduction to Social Work with a "C" or higher;
  • Submission of an application for acceptance after fulfilling these two requirements.
  • A special summer admissions period will be open to community college and transfer students.

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 EPAS. Social Work credit earned at a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education is reviewed and evaluated by the BSW Program Coordinator for transferability. No social work credit is given for credits earned at a non-accredited school.

Students must apply for Social Work Field Placement separately in the senior year, in accordance to the deadline set by the Social Work Program faculty.

The Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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