Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work


Do you consider yourself a people person? Are you interested in helping individuals, families, groups and/or communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being?

East Carolina University's bachelor of social work (BSW) prepares students for beginning professional generalist practice and for graduate study in social work. Students will take courses in human behavior and diversity, social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities, assessment, problem-solving, critical thinking, social policy, research, and a semester-long internship. Most of these courses are taught through hands-on and experimental methods, as well as traditional teaching modes.

Social work students at ECU have many career options upon graduation including working with communities, organizations, families, and individuals through a variety of non- or pro-profit human service settings, including governmental agencies. Their roles include, but not limited to, case managers, counseling service providers, behavioral and/or mental health care providers, child welfare workers, family-related service providers, adult protective service workers, correctional officers, medical social workers, geriatric social workers, advocates, community organizers, social planners, and policy makers. In addition, students may become a candidate for school social work licensure by completing three courses and a one-semester internship in a public school setting.

Admission Requirements

  • 32 semester hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of SOCW 1010 and 2010 with at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Complete application for acceptance into the BSW program. For BSW application click here.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Four Year Plan

BSW Student Handbook

BSW students must complete Field Education internships during their final semester. They are required to spend 32 hours a week in the field, for a minimum of 448 hours.

Delivery Methods

This program is only offered in an on-campus, Face to Face format.

Accreditation Information
The BSW degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

East Carolina University has determined that its Bachelor or Social Work program meets the requirements for professional licensure in all states within the continental United States.