About SoSW

Social Work - About Us


The School of Social Work (SoSW) offers two academic programs, Graduate Certificates and a pathway for licensure in School Social Work. Our degree programs include a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Social Work. Along with our degree programs we offer Graduate Certificates in Substance Abuse and Gerontology. All of our programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Our departmental office is located in 224 Rivers Building and can be reached at 252-328-5650 or by using the “Contact SOCW” form.

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Social Work, adopted in 2021, is to prepare professional social work practitioners who:

  • Recognize the importance of human relationships by valuing difference, culture, sustaining dignity, and fostering self-worth;
  • Provide ethical and effective social work services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities;
  • Engage with stakeholders and colleagues in the development of practices that reduce marginalization and oppression and solve problems;
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, colleagues, community members, and organizations to enhance overall health, wellness, and quality of life; and,
  • Advocate for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice.

Learning takes place in a student-centered environment which promotes the success of all students, including first-generation, non-traditional, military, minority scholars, and caregivers of children and older adults. The School contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge and develops tomorrow’s leaders by preparing graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to inspire positive change and to succeed in a global, multicultural society. Our signature pedagogy is field education.

Our Students

Our students are exposed to many different opportunities and experiences including unique research opportunities, professional internships, community service projects, inter professional education and student organizations.

Our Alumni

SoSW Alumni can be found in many different professional fields across North Carolina. They actively engage with current students through internships, classroom presentations, community service projects and social activities. If you are a graduate of the School of Social Work and would like to join our alumni listserv, please let us know using the Contact SoSW form on the right-hand side of this page.