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Department of Social Work (SWK)
School of Human Environmental Sciences

451 Graham Building
(336) 334-5147

Social Work as a Second Major | Social Work Courses | Social Work Major | Social Work Minor | Special Subject-Area Licensure in School Social Work


John Rife, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of

Professor Wineburg; Associate Professor Hurd; Assistant Professors Claes, Dennison, Lindsey; Instructor Wall; Lecturers Edwards, Moore; Visiting Associate Professor Bailey


Social Work Major (Bachelor of Science)
Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level
Available Concentrations and AOS Codes

Social Work, U225
School Social Work with Special Subject-Area Teacher Licensure, U226

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, organizations and communities.


The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education for an eight year period ending in June, 2005.

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.

Admission is competitive and limited. 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 100, PSY 121, STA 108, SOC 101, and completion of the Department's culture and diversity requirement.
  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. Academic credit is not awarded for life or work experience. 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. Students are required to provide proof of liability and malpractice insurance. Malpractice insurance information is available in the departmental office.

Students who fail to enter senior year field instruction within two years of completion of all Bachelor of Science in Social Work foundation courses (SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, 325, 351) must reapply for admission to the social work program. The Director of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program in consultation with the student and faculty will decide what social work courses, if any, must be repeated prior to reapplying for admission to field instruction.

Students who enter field instruction and fail to successfully complete it must reapply for admission to field instruction within two years of completion of all Bachelor of Science in Social Work foundation courses (SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, 325, 351). If more than two years elapse, the student must reapply for admission to the social work program. Students who have previously entered field instruction and have not successfully completed it may only reapply once for readmission.


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

All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific requirements for this major are indicated below. See a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

AULER Area/Required Courses Sem Hrs

Mathematics (MT) 3
Required: STA 108
Natural Science (NS) 6
Required: BIO 105 and one other NS course
Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101 for 3 of the 6 credits
Social & Behavioral Sciences (SB) 6
Required: ECO 101 and SOC 101

AULER Electives (EL) 6

Required: HDF 212 and PSC 100

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 100
  4. PSY 121
  5. STA 108 (students may substitute ECO 250 or SOC 302 with advisor's approval)
  6. SOC 101
  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; ENG 331, 374, 376; HIS 301, 302, 328, 329; PSC 335, 336; REL 111, 131, 325; SES 135, 335; SOC 227, 329; WMS 250


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

Social Work as a Second Major

Required: minimum of 24 semester hours

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.

Social Work Major with Special Subject-Area 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 Teacher Education Programs).

In addition to completing the requirements for the social work major, the student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and successfully complete the following courses: ELC 381 and SWK 582. The field instruction (SWK 413 and 414) 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.

Social Work Minor

Required: minimum of 15 semester hours

The Social Work minor requires 15 hours of Social Work courses to include: SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, and one 500-level course in social work.

Social Work Courses (SWK)

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).

Pr. 215 or permission of instructor.

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. (FA)

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


Pr. 215 or permission of instructor.

Emphasis on theories relevant to understanding and influencing change on the societal, organizational, group, and individual levels. (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. (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. 215, 310, 311, and STA 108 or SOC 302, and admission to major.

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).

Pr. 215, 310, 311, and admission to major.

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).

Pr. admission to practice sequence.
Coreq. must be taken concurrently with SWK 413 and 415.

  • Majors only.

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

412 Social Work Methods II (3:3).

Pr. 411.
Coreq. must be taken concurrently with SWK 414 and 416.

  • Majors only.

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

413 Field Instruction I (5:0:16).

Pr. admission to the Department, completion of 215, 310, 311, 315, 325 and 351, and admission to field instruction.
Coreq. 411 and 415.

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

414 Field Instruction II (5:0:16).

Pr. 411, 413 and 415.
Coreq 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.
Coreq. 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.
Coreq. 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, permission of sponsoring instructor, and approval of department head.

  • May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Intensive independent study of specialized topics.


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

Undergraduate social work majors may not enroll in a 500-level social work course unless they have completed at least 84 semester hours including SWK 215, 310, 311, 315, 325, and 351; or have received special permission of the instructor. Undergraduate social work minors must also have completed a minimum of 84 semester hours including SWK 215, 310, and 311 or receive permission of the instructor to take a 500-level social work course.

505 Interpersonal Skills Lab (3:3).

Pr. permission of instructor.

Prepares students for entry into field instruction; examination and practice of interpersonal communication skills needed for professional practice and social service delivery.

510 Selected Topics in Social Work (1 to 3).

Pr. permission 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 permission 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, permission of sponsoring instructor, and approval of department head.

Intensive, independent study of specialized topics.

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.

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses, including 500- and 600-level courses restricted to those students admitted to the Master in Social Work program.


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

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