Social Work Curriculum Requirements

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), either on-campus or online


Major Requirements

Students must have a grade of C or better in all required social work (SWK) prefix courses and in ENG 1010 and 1020/1040. Students who entered Methodist University in Spring 2013 or earlier must complete University requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or better in all work attempted and maintain a 2.5 in courses with SWK prefix. Students who entered Methodist University in Fall 2013 and after must complete University requirements with a GPA of 2.25 or better in all work attempted and maintain a 2.75 in courses with SWK prefix.

The Social Work major consists of 60 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • PSC 1510 American Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 1010 General Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3410 Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 1510 Principles of Sociology (3 s.h.)

Statistics Course

Select one course (3 s.h.) from the following:

  • MAT 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 2200 Applied Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 2500 Statistics for Psychology (3 s.h.)

Professional Core

  • SWK 2310 Introduction to Social Work (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 2400 Professional Writing and Critical Thinking (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3000 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3020 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3150 Helping Processes (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3320 Methods of Social Research (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3500 Human Diversity and Populations-At-Risk (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3700 Social Welfare Policy and Services I (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3720 Social Welfare Policy and Services II (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 4200 Practice Methods I (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 4240 Practice Methods II (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 4750 Field Education Seminar (9 s.h.)
  • SWK 4800 Social Work Capstone Seminar (3 s.h.)

Minor Requirements

The Social Work minor consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • SWK 2310 Introduction to Social Work (3 s.h.)

Social Work Electives

Select any 15 s.h. of the courses listed below:

  • SWK 2400 Professional Writing and Critical Thinking (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3000 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3020 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3150 Helping Processes (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3320 Methods of Social Research (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3500 Human Diversity and Populations-At-Risk (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3700 Social Welfare Policy and Services I (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3720 Social Welfare Policy and Services II (3 s.h.)

Child Welfare Collaborative Requirements

Achieve a grade of B or better in the required core course. Successfully complete an interview with the Child Welfare Collaborative Committee. Complete all requirements for the Social Work major. Complete a Field Placement in a NC Department of Social Services Child Welfare Setting.

Required Core Course

  • SWK 3750 Child Welfare (3 s.h.)

Requirements for Licensure in School Social Work

Not currently available as of Fall 2016

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 2.75 and a grade of C or better in all social work courses and the student’s minor professional sequence.

Required core courses

  • EDU 2510 Foundations of Education (4 s.h.)
  • EDU 4070 Professional Orientation (2 s.h.)
  • SWK 3400 School Social Work (3 s.h.)