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 and was Reaffirmed in June 2013.
Social Work Program Goals
- To prepare students to practice ethically and competently as generalist practitioners with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- To prepare students to engage with diverse populations to advance human rights and promote social, economic, and environmental justice in rural, developing, and global communities.
- To provide practice opportunities for students to serve the community.
- To prepare students for graduate study and lifelong learning.