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Social Work, B.S.W

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s undergraduate Social Work program combines internship experiences with comprehensive coursework to prepare graduates for careers helping people cope with poverty, abuse and neglect, addiction, unemployment, disabilities, health problems, mental illness and other challenges.
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Key facts:

  • The Western Carolina University's undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree with a major in Social Work as preparation for a number of careers from public service to work in the private sector.  The undergraduate Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and its principal educational goal is to prepare students for beginning generalist social work practice.  
  • Core courses enable students to develop interviewing, case management and intervention skills, and study topics from psychology to the political, economic and social conditions affecting disadvantaged populations. A cornerstone of the program is a supervised full-time field practicum at a human services agency. Students can select additional courses in areas such as child trauma, school social work, substance abuse, and working with older adults. A travel course to study social work systems abroad as well as a course in International Social Work are also available. Opportunities for community service abound, and students interact with faculty who conduct community-based research and are so involved in the region that they helped secure a $1.1 million grant to increase the number of substance abuse prevention and behavioral health social workers in underserved areas of Western North Carolina.
  • Social Work jobs are found in medical centers, nursing homes, senior centers, mental health centers, adoption agencies, schools, developmental centers, group homes, prisons, counseling centers, businesses and child welfare and social service agencies. Graduates qualify for beginning generalist social work positions such as a patient discharge planner, case manager, family specialist or a social worker who orients residents to a long-term care facility. 
  • Students who go on to earn a master’s degree and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) qualify for additional positions such as a therapist or counselor at a mental health facility, a forensic interviewer at a hospital, or a clinician in a substance abuse treatment center. MSW graduates are also employed in macro-level positions including executive directors of not-for-profit agencies, community builders and public policy analysts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies social work as one of the fastest growing careers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Social Work curriculum include:

  • Human Biology
  • General Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Social Issues, Policy and Programs
  • Practice I: Interviewing and Ethics
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Life Stages
  • Social Work Research and Evaluation
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Person-in-Environment 
  • Social Work Practice II: Case Management
  • Practice Ill: Interventions
  • Community Practice
  • Diversity in Contemporary Society
  • Field Practicum
  • Field Practicum Seminar

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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