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History of the Social Work Program

Social Work Program

The Social Work Program at ECSU was established in 1972 as a Sociology/Pre-Social Work curriculum. The first graduating class of the Program received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Pre-Social Work in 1974. During the 1980's, the Sociology/Pre-Social Work Curriculum was changed to a Sociology/Social Work curriculum and students graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In June of 2000, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina granted ECSU permission to offer a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree. During the academic year of 2000, the social work faculty and staff in conjunction with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) initiated preparation for national accreditation. In 2002, CSWE approved the Social Work Program for Candidacy Status for the BSW Degree. In December of 2002, social work graduates received the BSW Degree. The Social Work Program at ECSU received Full Accreditation in June 2007.

Social Work Program Mission

The Mission of the Social Work Program at Elizabeth City State University is to prepare students to be competent, effective, and professional generalist social work practitioners with special attention to rural and developing communities and guided by a person in the environment construct in a global perspective.

Social Work Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent, effective, and professional generalist social work practitioners with special attention to rural and developing communities.
  2. To prepare students for graduate schools and continuous lifelong learning opportunities.