Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Admission to the BSW Program is a competitive process, and, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all interested students.  The major in Social Work is based on a liberal arts foundation, augmented by social work and social work-related courses.  In addition to completing all University general education requirements, the BSW major requires that students complete 76 credits made up of 50 credits in required SOWK courses and 23 credits in required courses from other disciplines.  The core SOWK courses for the social work major are: SOWK 1101, 2182, 2183, 3120, 3181, 3182, 3184, 3201, 3202, 3482, 3484, 3683, 3685, 3900, and 3988. In addition, four courses on “vulnerable population groups must be taken. (See the appendix for a list of pre-approved “population courses”).  Other required courses for the social work major are SOCY 1101, BIOL 1110, BIOL 1110L; PSYC 1101, POLS 1110, LBST 1100, 2101, 2102, and 2200.  Students must acquire a minimum of 120 total credits in order to graduate from UNC Charlotte. 2  At the lower division level, courses that integrate population and writing intensive courses, may count as credit for both requirements.   

Students will need to complete the following prerequisite courses before beginning the Upper Division sequence: SOWK 1101, SOWK 2182, SOWK 2813, SOCY 1101, BIOL 1110 & LabSTAT 1222, POLS 1110, PSYC 1101, UWRT ____ (3 or 4 credits), Writing Intensive Course, Population Group courses (2), and Electives (3). Students must earn a C or better in courses in bold. 

The Major in Social Work leading to the BSW degree consists of 120 credit hours. 

The BSW program is an on campus program with classes held during the daytime (not evenings). The BSW program is not a Distance Education program and therefore cannot be completed fully online. 

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours


For information on the application criteria and review process for Upper Division, please use the link below to take you to our Admissions page


BSW Upper Division Admissions Criteria


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