The Department of Social Work incorporates a multicultural, diversity, and social justice focus into classes and field experience to prepare students to engage and work in the community. We are a joint program between North Carolina A&T State University, an HBCU, and UNC Greensboro (a historically white/women’s college and now a minority-serving institution) so students get experiences at and access to faculty and resources on both campuses. Students develop close relationships with both university faculty and feel a sense of belonging to the program.

Social Work faculty are leaders in the field and working to address major societal issues, such as discrimination, poverty, substance use, homelessness, and mental illness. 

We are passionately committed to encouraging students’ personal and professional growth. Students receive a grounding in human rights and social justice through direct, community-based practice.

Upon completion of their bachelor’s degree, undergraduate students will have engaged in more than 500 hours of community-based service, including a two-semester internship with agencies like

  • The Interactive Resource Center (serving people experiencing homelessness)
  • The Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem intervention program
  • The Moss Street Partnership School

Students may also pursue licensure as school social workers, a certificate in substance use, and receive focused mentoring in these areas. We engage with a diverse community in both clinical and non-clinical settings. 

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Degrees Offered

At the master’s (MSW) level, we concentrate on multicultural clinical practice, focus on justice, equity, inclusion and diversity. The doctoral (Ph.D.) curriculum encourages students to explore several aspects of research including quantitative, qualitative, and community-engaged approaches. Using the teacher/scholar model, the doctoral program encourages students to prepare for careers in academia and as leaders in the community. Eighty percent of all graduates gain employment in the social work field within one year of graduation.

Degree NameDegree TypeOnline
Social WorkB.S.W.In-Person
Licensure in School Social WorkB.S.WIn-Person
Social WorkM.S.W.In-Person (Joint with NC A&T)
Social WorkPh.DIn-Person (Joint with NC A&T)
Social WorkUndergraduate Minor

Bachelor of Social Work Program (B.S.W.)

The Department of Social Work provides an undergraduate program in social work which prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice. The undergraduate social work program is

We have a joint B.S.W. field education program with North Carolina A&T State through which students are placed in a wide variety of practice settings to complete their internships. Our B.S.W. Program has been continuously accredited since 1973.

Joint Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.)

The Department of Social Work implemented a collaborative graduate program in social work with North Carolina A&T State University in fall 1997. This Joint Master of Social Work Program requires completion of 60 credit hours and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
There are two program concentrations:

Each M.S.W. student completes 1008 hours of internships in community agencies. A 36 credit hour Advanced Standing option is available for highly qualified students who have graduated from a CSWE-accredited B.S.W. Program; these students complete a 672 hour advanced internship.


The Department of Social Work added a collaborative doctoral program in social work with North Carolina A&T State University in fall 2019. This Joint Ph.D. in Social Work Program requires completion of 48 credit hours.

International Education Opportunities

International study opportunities are available through our relationship with:

Research and Scholarship

Our research is applied and aimed at understanding and solving problems in social welfare. Our work is developed in partnership with community agencies, provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student participation, and is published in high quality refereed journals. During 2010-2011, social work faculty received almost $400,000 in external funds. See the faculty pages for information about their areas of research.