Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program

Overview

Welcome to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Elizabeth City State University Website! The BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting organization for social work education in the United States. Professional social work education at the baccalaureate level prepares students for Generalist Social Work Practice. Generalist practitioners are trained to address a wide range of social problems and needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The BSW Program offers a concentration in Gerontology. Gerontology is the study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. As people continue to live longer and grow older, there is an increasing need and opportunity for people to develop special knowledge and skills to work effectively with the aged and their families. Overall, the need for social workers in general is projected to continue to grow. 

This website is designed to provide an overview of the ECSU Social Work Program. Please explore our website and contact us if you would like more information about our Program. Thank you for your interest in the BSW Program at ECSU!

Mission of the BSW Program

The mission of the Social Work Program is to prepare students to be competent, effective, and professional generalist social work practitioners at the entry level with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.  Special attention is given to the needs of rural and developing communities and guided by a person-in-environment construct in a global perspective.

Through mastery of specific competencies and behaviors, students are uniquely prepared to effectively and ethically serve diverse populations in these communities and other contexts. Students are also prepared to engage in practices that demonstrate their commitment to the eradication of persistent poverty, unemployment, discrimination, oppression, and other forms of social injustice, as well as the commitment to continuous professional growth and lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

The BSW curriculum prepares its graduates for Generalist Social Work Practice through mastery of the nine competencies below.

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

(Council on Social Work Education-2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards)

For more information about the Social Work Program, please contact:

Melody BrackettDr. Melody Brackett, Ph.D., LCSWA
Associate Professor and Social Work Program Director
Pharmacy Complex - Suite 219, Room 221
Campus Box 851
Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909
Tel: (252) 335-3973 | Fax: (252) 335-3843