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2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Social Work, B.S.W.


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Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) June 2007

Mission of the Social Work Program

The mission of the Social Work program at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is to prepare students to be competent, effective, and professional generalist social work practitioners at the entry level with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Special attention is given to the needs of rural and developing communities and guided by a person-in-environment construct in a global perspective. Through this mission, the Social Work program serves predominantly first-generation African American students and other underserved groups who often choose to remain in the rural counties of Northeastern North Carolina. The Social Work program focuses on knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes that are required for effective practice in rural and developing communities which are challenged by disparities in social, economic, environmental, political, cultural, and educational arenas. Through mastery of specific competencies and behaviors outlined by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the Education Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), students are uniquely prepared to effectively and ethically serve diverse populations in these communities and other contexts. Students are also prepared to engage in practices that demonstrate their commitment to the eradication of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, oppression, and other forms of social injustice, as well as the commitment to continuous professional growth and lifelong learning.

Goals of the BSW Program

The Social Work program goals are derived from the program’s mission. The four goals of the Social Work program are:

  1. To prepare students to practice ethically and competently as generalist practitioners with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  2. To prepare students to engage with diverse populations to advance human rights and promote social, economic, and environmental justice in rural, developing, and global communities.
  3. To provide practice opportunities for students to serve the community.
  4. To prepare students for graduate study and lifelong learning.

Pre-Professional Social Work Courses

The six Pre-Professional courses are: SOWK 205 , SOWK 210 , SOWK 220 , SOWK 247 , SOWK 250 , and SOWK 260 . These courses are designed to introduce students to the social work profession, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, the rural context, fields of practice, interviewing and intervention skills, dimensions of human diversity, social, economic, and environment justice, the social welfare system and services, and human behavior in the social environment. These pre-professional courses total 18 semester hours.

Professional Social Work Courses

Students must be admitted to the Social Work program prior to enrollment in the Professional Social Work courses. These courses build upon the Pre-Professional sequence and expand students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of values and ethics, diversity, populations-at-risks and social and economic justice, human behavior in the social environment, generalist practice, social welfare policies and services, research and evaluation, and field education. The seven Professional Social Work courses are: SOWK 367 , SOWK 370 , SOWK 372 , SOWK 390 , SOWK 443 , SOWK 444 , and SOWK 445 . These professional courses total 27 semester hours. The following five professional courses must be completed prior to enrollment in Field Education: SOWK 367 , SOWK 370 , SOWK 372 , SOWK 390  and SOWK 443 . In addition, 35 semester hours of Liberal Arts and General Education courses should be completed prior to applying for enrollment in SOWK 444 - Social Work Field Education and Seminar I . Students must maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher to continue matriculating in the Professional courses.

Admission to the Social Work Program

All students who plan to earn the BSW degree must officially select Social Work as their major, complete the Declaration of Major Form, and meet the following Admission Requirements:

  • Apply for admission before the end of the sophomore year;
  • Return the completed application along with all supporting documents by March15th;
  • Return the completed application along with all supporting documents by March15th;
  • Transfer students return the completed application along with all supporting documents by March 15th;
  • Completion of ENGL 102  and ENGL 103 BIOL 100   or BIO 207, SOC 201 , and PSY 212  and the six Social Work pre-professional courses. A “C” grade or higher is required in ENGL 102  and ENGL 103 , and the six Social Work pre-professional courses (SOWK 205, 210, 220, 247, 250, and 260).
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher;
  • Two (2) Professional Letters of Recommendation;
  • Agree to abide by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS); National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics; University policies; and Social Work program policies.
  • Approved Personal Statement (Writing Sample administered by the Social Work faculty);

NOTE: Students are only admitted to the Program during the Spring semester of each academic year.

Additional Program Requirements

  • All Pre-Professional and Professional Social Work courses must be taken in sequence.
  • Students must be admitted into the Social Work program and have completed SOWK 205 , SOWK 210 , SOWK 220 , SOWK 247 , SOWK 250 , and SOWK 260  with a “C” or higher prior to enrollment in the Professional Sequence Social Work courses.
  • Students must also maintain a 2.50 GPA (or higher) to continue matriculating in the Professional courses.
  • Students must complete an admission’s process prior entering the Field Experience and Seminar courses.
  • Note: The Social Work program does not grant course credit for employment/work experience.

Field Education and Seminar

Students must complete the application process prior to entering the Field Experience and Seminar courses. Across both program options, the Director of Field Education will provide the student with a referral to an agency for an interview. Students in the Social Work program are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised field experience at selected public, nonprofit, and for-profit human service agencies in North Carolina. Prior to enrollment in SOWK 444  and SOWK 445 , Field Experience and Seminar I & II, students must have completed liberal arts, general education, pre-professional, and professional social work courses as outlined in the Social Work curriculum. Across both program options, the Social Work program has a concurrent placement model in field education. For both program options, the concurrent placement model requires students to complete 200 hours of supervised field education experience at selected human service agencies during the Fall and Spring semesters. For Program Option 1: Main Campus, students are in their selected field agencies for two days (Tuesday and Thursday) for approximately 14 hours per week. For Program Option 2: Off-Site Campuses, students are in their selected field agencies in the evenings and weekends. Only students that are a part of institutions with Articulation Agreements and have an Associate’s Degree in Human Services Technology are eligible for this program option. Across both program options, failure to successfully complete both courses in an academic year will require the student to repeat the entire process e.g. complete the application process, attend the pre-orientation meetings, and complete the interview to be placed at an agency. The student will not have to repeat the individual course, but he/she will be placed at a new agency. Students who do not satisfactorily complete Field Experience and Seminar forfeit hours earned and must reapply. Incomplete (I) grades are not given for SOWK 444  and SOWK 445  except in extreme extenuating  circumstances. Students who are readmitted to Field Experience and Seminar are assigned to new agencies. All students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required Social Work courses in order to graduate with the BSW Degree. In addition to the agency placements, students are required to attend and participate in a weekly seminar class. The seminar class is instrumental in guiding students in the field education process. The seminar classes also provide students the opportunity to discuss their agency experiences and to integrate Social Work knowledge, values, skills, cognitive and affective processes, and the program competencies with the field experience. In addition, the students will purchase liability insurance and complete a background check. Failure to apply will result in students not being considered for field education. Students employed in human service agencies will not be allowed to use their employment or work experiences as a substitute for their field education placements.

Transfer Student Policy

Transfer students (including those who have already achieved junior status) and other students who change their major to Social Work must also go through the application process and be officially admitted into the Social Work program. There is not a guarantee that courses transferred from other degree programs or institutions of higher learning will substitute for required Social Work courses.

Curriculum


Students must earn a “C” or higher in all Social Work Core Courses.

Major Requirements (48 Hours)


All students declaring Social Work as their major must be formally admitted into the Social Work program. Students should apply for formal admission during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Admission requirements include the following:

  • A “C” grade or higher is required in ENGL 102  and ENGL 103 , and the six Social Work pre-professional courses (SOWK 205, 210, 220, 247, 250, and 260).
  • Complete the Application for Admission.
  • Complete the Personal Statement (Writing Sample administered by the Social Work faculty);
  • Submit two (2) Professional Letters of Recommendation.
  • Have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (or higher); and
  • Agree to abide by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE); Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS); National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics; University policies; and Social Work program policies.

Free Electives (27 Hours)


Subtotal: 120


Suggested Curriculum Guide for Majors in Social Work


Freshman Year


First Semester


Subtotal: 16

Subtotal: 14

Sophomore Year


Complete Admission’s Process


Junior Year


Senior Year


First Semester


Subtotal: 15

Second Semester


Subtotal: 15

Subtotal: 120


Students must earn a “C” or higher in all Social Work Core Courses.

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