Bachelor of Social Work Overview

Five Great Reasons for Choosing UNC Charlotte for your BSW Program:

  1. Faculty:  Our diverse faculty have a reputation for being accessible, inclusive, and invested in student success
  2. Students:  Through our cohort model, students provide support to one another as they move through the program  
  3. Community Engagement: The School of Social Work has partnerships with over 150 urban and rural field placement agencies serving vulnerable populations in the Charlotte region, enabling students, field instructors, and field faculty work together to ensure students gain the knowledge and build the skills they need to be competent practitioners
  4. Advancement:  Alumni have indicated they feel well prepared for entry-level social work positions and to succeed in MSW Programs
  5. Campus Environment:  In addition to strong academics, UNC Charlotte has many opportunities to enrich the lives of students including athletics, student organizations, on-campus housing, and more 

bachelor of social work (BSW)

Current students who are in good academic standing at the University are eligible to declare Social Work as their major. In so doing, they enter into Lower Division admission status in the major but are not yet considered to be students enrolled in the BSW Program (Upper Division). Entering Upper Division also termed the “BSW Program” requires an application and is a competitive process.

The UNC Charlotte BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for social work education programs. The BSW degree prepares graduates for generalist social work practice. Generalist practice relates to utilizing multiple types of intervention that would be useful for different types of social systems and client populations. Emphases are placed on the following: 

  • development of therapeutic working relationships with clients
  • assessment of client systems from a diversity-affirming, ecological systems perspective
  • establishment of accurate and appropriate problem definitions and goals for intervention
  • utilization of varying intervention approaches, depending on the unique characteristics and needs of diverse client systems; linkage with resources
  • empowerment through identifying client strengths and enhancing client problem-solving, coping, and developmental capacities
  • application of baccalaureate-level research and evaluation methods 

All of these emphases related to generalist practice are centered in professional social work values and ethics within an increasingly global environment and are designed to affirm the human rights of diverse groups of people, especially populations-at-risk and groups which have historically been oppressed due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability.

UNC Charlotte BSW graduates are employed in a variety of areas such as child protective services, substance abuse treatment, hospitals, youth and children services, criminal justice, adoptions/foster care, hospice, and long term care. They work from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina as well as all across the United States.

Register for a BSW Online Information Session or meet with a member of our Admissions Team for more information!

The School of Social Work invites you to learn more about the BSW Program and the admission process by scheduling a meeting with a member of our admissions team.  To schedule an individual meeting with a member of our admissions team, please contact us at

If you are interested in learning more about our program, consider registering for one of our upconing BSW informations sessions! You can view available dates and register here:

Comments from BSW Students

"The BSW program at UNCC has been amazing and the staff is so supportive! My favorite time during this program was definitely my [Field Education] internship with Center 360! The experiences I have gained in the field have led me to grow even more as a future social worker. The staff goes above and beyond to ensure we are supported as well as educated in all aspects of the social work profession and enables us with all resources needed to be the best social workers we can be!"  - Allison Gregory, Class of 2020

"As a non traditional student the BSW Program at UNC Charlotte has made it possible for me to easily transition to the student life after 20 years out of the student life.  The professors and student connections that you are able to develop during your time as a BSW student and the hands on knowledge that the program provides are paramount to the ultimate outcome in Social Work, to be prepared to serve with competence."  - Ilona A. Silva Alvarez, Class of 2020

"As an adult student in the BSW Program at UNC Charlotte, the staff and faculty were supportive and respectful. During classes, open communication was always encouraged and my life events were valued and kept confidential. As a non-traditional student in the BSW Program, it is still possible to make lifetime connections."  - Lakeysha Sawyer, Class of 2015