Social Work

Prospective Students



Congratulations on your interest in a BSW degree!

We are glad that you are considering a BSW degree. Throughout the program, you will have many unique learning opportunities; through challenging core course work, a robust selection of social work elective courses, and diverse field practicum settings. In an effort to accommodate student schedules, many courses are offered in hybrid (reduced-seat time), online, and evening options. The field learning experience is a signature element of the overall BSW learning experience. Through a 400 hour field practicum, completed during the final semester of study, students receive hands-on experience applying their classroom knowledge within a social work practice setting. Placements include locations such as schools, social services, medical, and mental health agencies. In the final semester of study, students showcase learning and growth through an e-Portfolio presentation.

A first step in pursuing a BSW degree is to declare social work as a major, thus establishing that you are a pre-social work student. To declare social work as a major, please either call the Department of Social Work at 910.775.4090 or stop by HSCI #360 to schedule an appointment time with a faculty advisor.

Please explore the sections below to learn more about BSW program requirements, the suggested progression of courses, and formally applying to the BSW Program. You may also learn more about the BSW program by reviewing the BSW Student Handbook.


 BSW Program Requirements

 See BSW Student Handbook for BSW Program Requirements

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 Progression of Courses

Students begin their progression through the BSW course curriculum by first declaring social work as a major and completing the pre-social work (foundation) courses (SWK 2000, SWK 2450, SWK 3710, and SWK 3800). Student must have successfully completed ENG 1050 and ENG 1060 prior to enrolling in any foundation social work course. It is also strongly suggested that students complete a majority of their general education credits and social work prerequisite courses prior to taking foundation social work courses. Required social work prerequisite courses are shown below in blue. Should you wish to take pre-social work courses prior to your first junior semester, it is recommended that you take SWK 2000 and SWK 2450 no earlier than your 2nd Sophomore semester and that you meet with a social work advisor to plan your course of study. Students must complete all pre-social work courses with a C or better to be considered for formal admission to the BSW program.

 Suggested Progression of Courses

Course progression for accessible version please visit the BSW student handbook

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  For more information about the BSW program and for alternative plans of study, please review the BSW Student Handbook.


 Applying to the BSW Program

 The BSW program operates under a selective admissions policy. All students who intend to major in social work start as pre-social work majors. Pre-social work majors enroll in general education courses and social work foundation courses. After completing all the general education courses that are prerequisites for social work courses, and the social work foundation courses, pre-majors who meet the social work admission criteria may apply to the social work major. To take any social work course beyond the foundation or pre-social work major courses, students must apply to and be accepted into the BSW program. Students apply to the program in their first Junior semester as a part of the SWK 3800 course.

 Admission to the BSW Program Requires:

  • That the student is admitted to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  • That the student has successfully has completed no less than 75% of their General Education and that all social work prerequisite courses are complete, including ENG 1050, ENG 1060, PLS 1000 or 1010, SOC 1020 or SOC (AIS) 1050 or 2010, ECN 1000 or 2020 or 2030 or GGY 2060, PSY 1010, MAT 1050 or 1070 or 1080 or 1090 or 2150 or 2210, and BIO 1030 or PED 3490 or equivalent.
  • That the student has an overall GPA of 2.50 or above.
  • That the student has successfully completed all pre-social work (foundation) courses each with a minimum grade of C:  These courses include: SWK 2000 (Introduction to Social Work), SWK2450 (Human Diversity and Populations-at-Risk), SWK 3710 (Writing for the Social Sciences), and SWK 3800 (Social Work Practice I)
  • That the student has submitted a completed Social Work Applicationthat includes the completed and signed application, two reference letters, a through personal essay, and a completed (40 hour) volunteer evaluation packet. The social work application and volunteer hours are completed as a part of SWK 3800. Applications are to be submitted during the SWK 3800 course. For application forms, see below.

Applications must be submitted by November 15th in the Fall Semester, or April 15 of the Spring Semester.
Application decisions are made following review by faculty and the BSW Program Director, no later than two weeks following the end of the semester in which application is made.  Admission decision options include unconditional admission, provisional admission, or denial of admission. Students receiving provisional admission or denial of admission may not progress to the next cluster of BSW core courses. Students receiving provisional or denied admission may appeal to the department for review.

 BSW Application forms


Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2016