Social Work Program

Thank you for your interest in the BSW Program in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at North Carolina A & T State University. At this site you will find information about the program, faculty, activities and collaborations.

As a faculty, we are educators, scholars and learners striving to promote integrity, self-determination, collaboration, diversity, innovation and excellence in all we do. These values shape our curriculum, guide our research, and support our efforts in developing leaders. Every day we model our commitment to service, scientific inquiry, and academic strength. We strive to support the development of informed and responsible global citizens by mentoring our students in the classroom and in the larger society.

We believe that social work is indeed social change! We look forward to strategically engaging you to learn more about this growing and rewarding field. To learn more please click here.

Dr. Sharon Warren Cook
Special Assistant to the Dean for Assessment and Special Programs
Director, Undergraduate Social Work Program

About the Social Work Program

 Student Group WorkSocial Work is a professional and academic discipline committed to the pursuit of social justice and human rights. Social work supports research and practice to improve the quality of life and the development of the potential of each individual, group, organization and community in society. Social workers perform interventions through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching.

 The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at North Carolina A & T State University (NCAT) is to prepare students through classroom interactions, field experiences, and extra curricula activities to engage in competent, ethical and evidence-based generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The three goals of the program are to:

1. Prepare students for generalist social work practice.

2. Promote life-long learning and critical thinking which builds on the broad knowledge base provided by the liberal arts perspective.

3. Prepare students for graduate schools and the workplace.

The Curriculum of the BSW Program is structured to promote critical thinking, an appreciation of diversity, a commitment to ethical standards, and an understanding of both the art and science of social work practice. The program provides clear Steps to Graduation and Program Policies, which support a smooth progression through the program. All senior social work students participate in a yearlong Joint Social Work Field Internship experience.

NCAT played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement. In the turbulence of 1960, four freshmen sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. Their actions inspired a national sit-in movement. Our history has influenced a program culture that supports the Social Work profession’s commitment to ethical practice and social justice. Community Service opportunities are a part of required class volunteer hours. The Department and Program sponsor Alpha Delta Mu, the Social Work Honor Society and the Sociology and Social Work Society, which are student led groups that offer student activities.  International and global awareness is a growing area of interest. The BSW program offers a Global Exchange opportunity in which first semester seniors are able to study abroad, completing the first half of the required two-semester Field Internship. Students also attend classes overseas in order to complete other required courses. We are connected to the Office of International Programs’ Global Studies Certificate Program.

Our faculty is diverse in experience and research interests. We are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. We look forward to working with you. Finally, we have an active alumni who we plan to engage in a number of future projects.

Joint Field Education Experience

Seniors in Field

Since 1972 the Social Work Programs at North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro have participated in the joint field instruction program. Students from both schools are placed in human service agencies together and faculties from both schools serve as faculty liaison representatives and instructors for the seminar of the Joint Field Education Program.

Admission to Field Education

All social work majors who have reached the status of Junior, must, during a designated period in January (as outlined in the annual calendar), prepare for their field practicum that takes place both fall and spring semesters of their senior year. The process includes attending an orientation, participating in an agency fair, completing the Field Application Packet, shadowing a current intern, interviewing with the Field Director, receiving a tentative placement assignment, interviewing in the practicum site and being accepted in the internship for the following year.

Requirements for admission to Field Education state that candidate must

1. Be a junior level social work majors who has been officially accepted into the program

2. Have completed, prior to making application, a minimum of 75 semester credits that include all prerequisites for Field Instruction

3. Achieve and maintain a 2.6 or better GPA

4. Apply during spring semester at a designated time period for fall placement

5. Attend the field orientation meeting held in the spring

6. Complete the “Application for Field Instruction” packet including all required information

7. Attend agency fair during Spring semester

8. Make appointment for and attend an individual/group interview with field director or designated faculty member

9. Receive assignment of placement interview by field director

10. Upon receipt of assignment, contact potential field instructor for appointment (initial interview) and meet that appointment

11. Return completed “Field Placement Assignment” form to Director of Field Instruction by the 1st week in May

12. Comply with any additional university academic requirements

BSW Field Documents can be found on the BSW Policies and BSW Forms page. Please note: some items require the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe web site.

Forms and Policies

General Information

Steps Toward Graduation – This document contains information about the important events that occurs as you progress through your tenure at NCAT. Please check often to assure you stay on track.

Curriculum Guide and Required Course Descriptions – This document allows the student to track their progress through the course work in the BSW program. It also presents information about the required courses in the program.

Program Policies and Procedures – This document provides information about important policies and procedures within the BSW program, such as required GPA, hours needed for graduation, termination from the program, and insurance for Field Internship.

Univeristy Student Handbook – This is the University Student Handbook which covers the Policies and Procedure for the entire University. 

Joint BSW Field Documents

Please note: some items require the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe web site.

Please be aware that some of these are sizable files and may take some time to download, particularly on slower connections.

BSW Spring 2011 UNCG Field Application Calendar (pdf)

BSW Spring 2011 NCAT Field Application Calendar (pdf)

BSW Field Handbook 2011(pdf)

BSW Field Application 2011 (pdf)

Tentative Placement Form

Memorandum of Agreement

Faculty Liaison Evaluation (to be completed by Field Instructor)

Practicum Evaluation (to be completed by student)

Joint BSW Learning Contract (NEW) (doc)

Joint BSW Evaluation (doc)

Agency Request for Placement (Continuing)

Agency Request for Placement (New)

Social Work Groups

Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society

MOTTO: Advocate of the people

COLORS: Black and Silver

Chapter: Rho

History of ADM

Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society was founded in the fall of 1976 by the late Dr. J. Lawrence Feagins at Morgan State University. In 1977, Alpha Delta Mu was incorporated under the non-profit laws of Maryland and became a national organization as chapters were established in many colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Purpose

The primary objective of Alpha Delta Mu is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship in social work education and to advance excellence in social work practice. The Society feel that it serves the interest of the students capable of excellence by insisting that in order to acquire a chapter of Alpha Delta Mu, an institution must provide the means and atmosphere conducive to academic excellence. Membership requires that students obtain a 3.2 in both the overall and major GPA. Membership is offered in the spring of the junior year. Inducted members are expressed to be active in ADM and its sponsored activities throughout their senior year.

Invitation and acceptance process

During the early spring of your junior/senior year, the faculty advisor will receive list from the registrar of all Social Work program junior and senior students’ who’s present GPA is a 3.20 of higher. The advisor will sort through the list, highlighting those who also have a major GPA of 3.20 or higher. Invitations are sent to students who are eligible.

To accept the invitation, students must submit the application form enclosed with the invitational letter and write the requested personal statement. All accepting juniors must agree to be actively involved; by committing to participate and lead civic service events within the program, department, university and/or community. There is a fee for life-time membership. Student will also have the option to pay for an ADM pin and for seniors to purchase a graduation honors cord. The Induction Ceremony takes place prior to the spring final examine period.

Social Work Faculty

Social Work Faculty Contact Information
Dr. Glenna Barnes
Assistant Professor of Bachelors of Social Work
Gibbs Hall, Suite 114, Office A
336-285-1102
glbarnes@ncat.edu

Dr. Chiquitia Welch-Brewer 
Assistant Professor of Bachelors of Social Work
Gibbs Hall Suite 112 Office C
336-285-2298
clwelchb@ncat.edu

Dr. Sharon Warren Cook
Director of the Bachelors of Social Work Program; Assistant Professor of Social Work; Special Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Gibbs Hall Suite 112 Office B
New Classroom Building, Deans’ Suite
336-285-2305
swcook1@ncat.edu

Dr. Mary Lewis
Assistant Professor of Bachelors of Social Work
Gibbs Hall Suite 112 Office A
336-285-2301
mtlewis1@ncat.edu

Dr. Maura Nsonwu
Assistant Professor of Bachelors of Social Work
Gibbs Hall Room 234
336-256-0446
mnsonwu@ncat.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Watson
Associate Professor of Bachelors of Social Work
Gibbs Hall Suite 114 Office A
336-285-2306
edwatson@ncat.edu

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