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Department of Social Work
451 Graham Building

Major / Minor Information


T. B. Scullion, Professor and Acting Chair of Department

Associate Professors Rife, Wineburg; Assistant Professors Hurd, Dennison, Lindsey; Lecturer Moore

Social Work Major (Bachelor of Science)

Required: 122 semester hours.

The purpose of the Social Work major is to prepare students for entry level generalist practice in social work. This is a professional program of study which is strongly grounded for the first two years in liberal arts; the second two years focus on the professional curriculum. The program prepares students for work with individuals, families, groups, and communities.


The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education for a seven year period ending in June, 1997.

Admission to the Social Work Major

The student who wishes to formally declare Social Work as a major should consult with the Undergraduate Program Director. Admission to the major is based upon:

1. Satisfactory completion of SWK 215 with a grade of C or higher.
2. A minimum University GPA of 2.0
3. Completion of a minimum of 51 semester hours
4. Completion and submission of the BS in Social Work Application Packet by May 1 of the year in which the student is seeking admission.

Decisions concerning admission are announced by June 1 and are effective with the beginning of the fall semester.

Admission to Field Instruction

1. Prior admission to the Social Work Major.
2. Completion of the following courses or their equivalent: BIO 105, ECO 101, HDF 212, PSC 200, PSY 121, STA 108, SOC 211, and a foreign language at the elementary level.
3. Completion of 84 hours with a 2.3 grade point average
4. Satisfactory completion of all early field experience requirements
5. Satisfactory completion of SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, 325, and 351, with a minimum grade of
C. No Social Work course may be taken more than twice.
6. An application process and approval of the Director of Field Instruction.

General Information

Admission to the University does not constitute acceptance to the department. Community social work agencies cooperate with the Department of Social Work in providing field work experiences for the students. The number of students placed for field instruction is determined by the availability of these resources. At times, there may not be an approved site for student placement and there may be delay in meeting that part of the graduation requirements.

Students enrolled in the practice sequence are individually responsible for their own transportation to and from community agencies. Some agencies require students to provide proof of liability and malpractice insurance. Insurance information is available in the departmental office.

All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)

All students in this program must meet AULER requirements. Specific area requirements are indicated below:

Semester Hours
1. Analytic and Evaluative Studies (AE) 3
2. British or American Literature (BL) 3
3. Fine Arts (FA) 3
4. Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (HP) 3
5. Mathematics (MT) 3
6. Natural Science (NS) 6
Required: BIO 105 and one other NS course
7. Non-Western Studies (NW) 3
8. Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101 for 3 of the 6 credits
9. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6
10. World Literature (WL) 3
11. AULER Electives 6
See pp. 63-66 for a detailed listing of courses meeting AULER area requirements.

Major Requirements

1. Admission to Field Instruction. SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, 325, 351.
2. Practice sequence. SWK 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, and 416.
3. Six hours in social work at the 500-level.

Related Area Requirements

1. BIO 105
2. ECO 101
3. PSC 200
4. PSY 121
5. STA 108 (students may subsitute ECO 250 or SOC 314 with advisor's approval)
6. SOC 211
7. HDF 212
8. Culture and Diversity Requirement: all students must establish elementary competence in culture and human diversity. To do so, a student may establish foreign language proficiency at the elementary level (0-6 hours) or complete six semester hours in course work from the following list: AFS 100, 210; ATY 330; EDC 135, 335; ENG 331, 374, 376; HIS 301, 302, 328, 329; PSC 335, 336; REL 111, 131, 325; SOC 327, 329; WMS 250


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.

Social Work as a Second Major

A student may double major by combining social work with another major. The student must complete all of the required related area and major courses for social work. The student must also take at least 24 hours in the second major and meet the appropriate requirements of that department for the second major. Students considering this option are advised to consult extensively with their advisors.

Licensure in School Social Work

Students intending to become licensed for school social work by the Department of Public Instruction need to complete the licensure program which has been developed with the School of Education (see Chapter 7). In addition to completing the social work major, the student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and successfully complete the following courses: ELC 381, CUI 540; SWK 582. The field instruction (SWK 413 and 415) must be taken in a school social work setting. Licensure for school social work is granted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Students interested in School Social Work Licensure should contact the advisor for School Social Work Licensure in the Department of Social Work.


Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.

Social Work Minor

The Social Work minor requires 15 hours of Social Work courses. The courses are SWK 215, 310, 311, 312. In addition, one course must be selected from the 500-level Social Work courses.


For Undergraduates

215 Introduction to Social Work (3:3).

Introduction to social welfare programs and social work practice. Topics include: social problems confronting society; societal and community helping resources; social work practice in a changing society. Field observation required.

310 Social Policy and Services (4:3:3).

Examination and survey of historical development of the concept of social welfare; analysis of theoretical framework used to organize the study of social welfare services. Supervised volunteer experience required. (Same as SOC 310. ) (FA)

311 Human Behavior and Social Environment (3:3).

Emphasis on theories relevant to understanding and influencing change on the societal, organizational, group, and individual levels. [SB, CSB] (Same as SOC 311) (FA)

312 Social Environmental Analysis (3:3). Pr. 310 and 311.

Examination and analysis of human service delivery systems in the context of race, age, sex differences, sexual preferences, and other social and cultural differences. Emphasizes the roles of professionals in policy. (Same as SOC 312.) (SP)

315 Social Work, Diversity, and Vulnerable Populations (3:3). Pr. 215, 310, 311; major or minor in Social Work.

Examination and understanding of cultural and human diversity with focus on oppressed groups. Students will have the opportunity to learn about broad differences and likenesses among diverse populations and cultures.

325 Research in Social Work Practice (3:3). Pr. STA 108 or SOC 314 or equivalent statistics course.

Focus on social workers as both consumers and producers of research. Emphasis on using research for needs assessment, evaluation of social work interventions and creation of new social work knowledge. (SP)

351 Professional Skills (3:3:1). Majors only.

Lecture-laboratory course to teach verbal and written skills necessary for conducting the helping interview and other related social work activities. Extensive use of simulated role play experience and instructor/peer feedback. (SP)

411 Social Work Methods I (3:3). Majors only. Pr. admission to practice sequence. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 413 and 415.

Emphasis on knowledge, values, process, and skills in social work practice and introduction to interventive methods. (FA)

412 Social Work Methods II (3:3). Majors only. Pr. 411. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 414 and 416.

Focus on development of social work practice skills emphasizing delivery of social services. (SP)

413 Field Instruction I (4:0:16). Pr. admission to the practice sequence. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 411 and 415.

Educationally directed learning experienced by performing a range of activities related to entry level practice. (FA)

414 Field Instruction II (4:0:16). Pr. 413. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 412 and 416.

Continuation of 413. Emphasis placed upon extended application and evaluation in the practice environment. (SP).

415 Field Instruction Seminar I (1:1). Pr. admission to the practice sequence. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 411 and 413.

Critical review and analysis of application of social work theory in practice setting. (FA)

416 Field Instruction Seminar II (1:1). Pr. 415. Must be taken concurrently with SWK 412 and 414.

Continues critical review and analysis of social work theory in practice setting. (SP)

451 Special Problems in Social Work (1 to 3). Pr. requires written plan, consent of sponsoring instructor, and approval of department head.

Intensive independent study of specialized topics.

For Advanced Undergraduates

and Graduate Students

510 Selected Topics in Social Work (1 to 3). Pr. consent of instructor.

Opportunity for students to study in depth a topic of special interest. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

520 Methods and Practice of Family and Marital Therapy (3:3). Pr. 6 hours of marital and family theory plus consent of instructor.

Systems/communications approach to marital and family therapy. Students develop ability to apply concepts to understand and intervene in family systems. Related therapeutic concepts and techniques also discussed.

530 Social Agency Program Development (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Organization of new agencies or those initiating additional services. Needs assessment, resource development, grant writing, agency operations, and relationships with funding agencies.

540 Social Work in Community Correction (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Discussion of preventative and diversion programs. Consideration of probation and parole services. Emphasis on the professional role as service provider.

550 Social Services in Health Care (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Examination of social services in health care settings. Emphasis on organizational context, interdisciplinary cooperation, and skill required for work in primary care setting.

551 Special Problems in Social Work (1 to 3). Pr. requires written plan, consent of sponsoring instructor, and approval of department head.

Intensive, independent study of specialized topics.

560 Social Work with Groups (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Advanced course to teach group process and strategies, techniques, and skills for working with support groups and task groups in human services settings.

570 Social Services for the Aging (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Systematic study of social work approaches to providing services to the aging. Focus on current policies, services, and models of practice.

575 Social Work and the Law (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Focus on the professional and ethical responsibilities, knowledge base of the law which is required for social work practice, and legal issues for the profession.

580 Long Term Care Policies for Elderly (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Consideration of financing, organization and delivery of health and human services to those who are elderly and disabled or limited in capabilities for a relatively long period.

582 School Social Work (3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Examination and understanding of school social work services with emphasis on professional standards, cultural sensitivity, accountability, and program planning.

584 Social Services for Children (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Designed for practitioners and students to provide knowledge for working with children and to teach strategies, techniques, and skills for effective treatment.

585 Social Work with Families in Crisis (3:3). Pr. 310, 311, 312 and 351 or HDF 212 and HDF 410 or permission of instructor.

Social work practice with families in crisis, with a focus on problems currently faced by families and strategies to help them.

590 Social Services in Industry (3:3). Pr. permission of instructor.

Overview of employee assistance programs, explanation of worker-as-client, and introduction to social work strategies and service in the workplace.

595 Information Technology in the Human Services (3:3). Pr. one course in social research methods or introduction to computers, or permission of instructor.

Exploration of impact of information technology on human services, including effects on service delivery, confidentiality issues, management, and new roles for social workers. Includes hands-on computer experience.

For Graduate Students Only

The 500 and 600 level courses listed below are open ONLY to graduate students who have been admitted to the UNCG Master of Social Work program.

501 Human Behavior and Social Functioning (3:3).

502 Social Welfare Policy and Analysis I (3:3).

503 Social Work Research Methods (3:3).

504 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3:3).

505 Interpersonal Skills Lab (3:3).

511 Social Work Practice and Human Diversity (3:3).

512 Social Welfare Policy and Analysis II (3:3).

513 Research Designs and Data Analysis for Social Work Practice (3:3).

514 Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities and Organizations (3:3).

516 Field Instruction and Seminar (3:3).

601 Social Work with Families I (3:3).

602 Social Work Practice in Health Care (3:3).

603 Social Work in Mental Health I (3:3).

604 Social Work with the Elderly I (3:3).

605 Social Work Practice in Administration I (3:3).

606 Field Instruction and Seminar (3:3).

610 Advanced Generalist Integrative Seminar I (3:3).

611 Social Work with Families II (3:3).

612 Social Work in Health Care II (3:3).

613 Social Work in Mental Health II (3:3).

614 Social Work with the Elderly II (3:3).

615 Social Work in Administration II (3:3).

616 Field Instruction and Seminar (3:3).

620 Advanced Generalist Integrative Seminar II (3:3).


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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