Social Work

Social Work graduates attend a luncheon in their honor.

Program News

Our Mission

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.

Online Bachelor of Social Work

Delivered in a flexible, affordable online format, Methodist University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) will prepare you to develop your passion for helping people into a meaningful career. Learn more.


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.

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.

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Contact the Social Work Program

Dr. Carla Fagan

Carla Fagan, PhD

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology
(910) 630-7699
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Dr. Carla Fagan
Carla Fagan, PhD

Chair, Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, Social Work Program; Coordinator, Gerontology

B.S., City College of the City University of New York; M.S.W., Fordham University; Ph.D., Yeshiva University


Dr. Fagan began teaching at Methodist University in August 2011 after teaching full time for one year at Southwest Minnesota State University, where she also served as Director of Field Instruction and Student Social Work Association Advisor. Born and raised in New York City, she began teaching as an adjunct in 2001 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. She also taught at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and Yeshiva University’s Stern College.

It was her very positive experience as an adjunct that motivated her to return to school for her doctorate, which she earned in May 2010, allowing her to fulfill her desire to teach full time in a university. Her dissertation examined the impact of demographics, social support and health beliefs on adherence to hemodialysis treatment regimen. Her 20 years as a nephrology social worker inspired this dissertation topic. Her research interests include health disparities, ethics and aging.

Dr. Fagan brings to Methodist University over 30 years of practice experience in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, AIDS services, nursing home services and nephrology social work. She is a regular at Chapel on Wednesdays and enjoys participating in activities to support MU and its students. Her community interests include homeless services, working to achieve social justice, and policy advocacy.

Personal Interests:

  • Sudoku
  • crossword puzzles
  • crocheting
  • knitting
  • listening to jazz
(910) 630-7699
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