Bachelor of Social Work

Welcome! We are excited that you have taken an interest in the UNCP Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program here at UNCP. The UNCP BSW Program is uniquely positioned to prepare generalist level social workers who are ready to tackle the challenges and needs of rural communities. Receiving initial accreditation in 1982, our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program has a long-standing commitment to preparing students for the challenges and strengths of generalist practice in rural settings. As you learn more, you will discover the many ways our program works to help students achieve success.  

The UNCP BSW Program has much to offer you! We suggest that you to explore the BSW Program links shown to learn more about the following areas: 1) Program Requirements, 2) Applying to the BSW program, 3) Minor in social welfare, 4) Information for transfer and 2nd degree seeking students, and 5) Important information for current BSW students such as information on the field placement process. Please let us know if you have any questions on how we can help you reach your social work education and career goals.

Please call the Department of Social Work at 910-775-4090 with questions or to schedule an appointment with the BSW Program Director.


BSW Program Goals

The goals of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program are closely connected to the mission of the UNCP Department of Social Work. The UNCP Department of Social Work seeks to prepare BSW students for professional social work practice within a generalist model and to become leaders in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of this region. The goals of the BSW Program are further derived from the mission and core values of the University, which include social inclusion, appreciation of its American Indian history, teaching and learning excellence, intellectual curiosity and creativity, commitment to local region, responsible leadership and stewardship to the world. Specifically, the goals of the UNCP Social Work Program are to:

  • prepare students for professional entry-level social work practice within a generalist model and to become leaders in enhancing the quality of life;
  • teaches students the skills necessary to empower populations-at-risk and advance economic, political and social justice, with particular emphasis on rural communities;
  • help meet the immediate and growing need in public, private and social service agencies in North Carolina for generalist social work professionals;
  • offer a generalist program that emphasizes worth with rural and Native American indigenous populations;
  • prepare students who will demonstrate the ability to appreciate human diversity and issues of social and economic justice;
  • To prepare students to understand the role of the social worker in our region and a changing society;
  • To instill in students a commitment for continued personal and  professional growth