The mission of the Social Work Program at Methodist University is to pursue human well-being and the alleviation of oppression and poverty through the education of competent entry level professional generalist social workers for service to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, with special attention to the people of Cumberland County, North Carolina and its adjacent areas.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) re-affirms the program's accreditation every eight years. The MU Social Work Program comes up for re-affirmation in February 2025.
About the Social Work Profession
Professional social work at the baccalaureate level is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, values and skills for entry-level generalist practice with individuals, families and groups, organizations and communities. The Program seeks to prepare graduates who are committed to social and economic justice for all people, particularly those who are oppressed and at-risk. In addition the Program prepares you to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. To fulfill these goals, the Program offers a carefully designed curriculum that includes an internship in a social work agency under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.
Professional social work education is offered at the baccalaureate level, the master's and doctoral degree levels. Our Program offers the Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW). Graduates of our Program may be accepted into Master of Social Work (MSW) programs with advanced standing. Advanced standing students are individuals who have graduated from accredited Bachelor of Social Work Programs, and upon acceptance to an accredited master's social work program, will spend less time completing their degree.
Social work is a profession that will continue to offer numerous employment opportunities in the years ahead. It is a profession that will allow you to help others, to create the kind of world in which we all wish to live, and to find great personal satisfaction. It is also one that is flexible and offers job opportunities for full-time and part-time employment in a wide variety of settings around the country and abroad. It is a profession of which you can be proud.
Generalist Social Work Practices
Generalist Social Work practitioners possess a broad range of knowledge, critical thinking, and culturally sensitive practice skills based on ecosystems theory and the strengths perspective. They assume a variety of social work roles from one field of practice to another. They are committed to professional values and ethical practice standards based on principles of human rights and social justice, particularly concerning populations at risk. Generalist social work practice consists of assisting individuals, families, groups, and larger systems to work on change which promotes the best possible relationship between people and their environment. Generalist social workers intervene with organizations to enhance the responsiveness of resource systems, advocate for social policies to ensure the equitable distribution of resources, research aspects of social work practice, and integrate direct practice with social policy.
North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative
Methodist University is a participating partner of the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative. As the first private university to be admitted, the Child Welfare Course is designed to provide practice knowledge and skills for students preparing for positions in public Child Welfare and other child serving organizations.
Students who have been admitted to the Social Work major are eligible to take the course and apply as a Child Welfare Scholar for the Collaborative funding. Students are eligible for all aspects of Child Welfare employment after the course and a field Internship in Child Welfare. BSW students planning to do their four hundred (400) hour field Internship in a Public Child Welfare field placement in a North Carolina County Department of Social Services must complete the course and receive a minimum grade of "B". Additionally, Field Internship in a Public Child Welfare Agency (NCDSS) requires a GPA of 2.5 overall and a 3.0 in the major.
Requirements for the major in Social Work
63 s.h.: SOC 1510, PSY 1010, PSC 1510, a course in statistics (MAT 2200, PSY 2500 or SOC 2200), PSY 3410, SWK 2310, 2350, 2400, 3000, 3020, 3150, 3320, 3500, 3700, 3720, 4200, 4240, 4750, and 4800.
Students must have a grade of C or better in all social work (SWK) prefix courses. The following courses should be completed in the freshman and sophomore year: SOC 1510, PSY 1010, PSC 1510, SWK 2310, 2350, 2400, 3150, 3500, and statistics. SWK 2310 is the prerequisite for many social work courses. Students who entered Methodist University in Spring 2013 or earlier must complete University core requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or better in all work attempted and maintain a 2.5 in the major. Students who entered Methodist University in Fall 2013 and after must complete University core requirements with a GPA of 2.25 or better in all work attempted and maintain a 2.75 in the major.
Requirements for the minor in Social Work
18 s.h.: SWK 2310 and 15 s.h. of other SWK courses. Please note that SWK 4200, 4240, 4750, and 4800 may be taken only by Social Work majors and may not be taken as part of the minor.
Requirements for licensure in School Social Work
9 s. h. including SWK 3400, EDU 2510, and SPE 2550, all other requirements for the Social Work major, admission to the Social Work Program and admission to Teacher Education.
Admission to Teacher Education must be completed prior to drop/add of the semester prior to the field placement. The field placement must be in a school setting. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 and a grade of C or better in all social work courses and the student’s minor professional sequence.