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The mission of the Social Work Program at North Carolina Central University affirms the social work tradition of promoting social and economic justice. It is our view that in a modern industrial society, problems associated with human need are related to values rather than the scarcity of resources and expertise. We seek to enhance the quality of life for all persons with special attention to the poor and the oppressed, including people of different ethnic and racial groups, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities and gender.

North Carolina Central University has a unique history and tradition of serving students from minority and lower socio-economic backgrounds. The school was founded in 1910 and charted in 1927 as the nation's first black state supported Liberal Arts College . The school has a stellar record of producing leaders in education, politics and various professional areas from among a population of students who otherwise would not have had access to higher educational opportunities. North Carolina Central University is located in a city with a rich history of African American cultural and achievement. During much of the city's history, it was known as the center of African American commerce and economic power because of its financial institutions such as the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Mechanics & Farmers Bank. These two black owned financial institutions provided support for North Carolina Central University during its formative years. As was stated above, the university has throughout the years served as a resource for providing educational opportunities for populations underserved by the predominately white institutions in the area. These populations include students from high schools in rural areas and inner-city communities.

The city of Durham, like most urban areas, has recently experienced significantly out-migration of business, industry, and middle and upper class populations both black and white. Given these trends, the school is now situated in an inner-city environment with a significant minority and economically at-risk population. A primary component of the mission of the University and the Social Work Program is to address the needs of these populations through outreach programs and research. A major research initiative of a Social Work Program is its Task Force on Urban Solutions (TFUS). The NCCU Task Force on Urban Solutions is made up of senior Social Work students and representatives of community social services agencies. Each year the task force focuses upon a macro level intervention concerning a major community issue. For the past four years the focus of intervention has been upon the siting of public housing in the county of Durham and the affect of these policy decisions on neighborhood quality of life. The TFUS initiative has made possible the development of strong linkages between a historically black institution and its inner-city environment

We seek to advance the social work profession by educating generalist practitioners who value diversity and are able to work in ethically and culturally competent ways with a goal of influencing individual well being and social change. Our mission is to produce practitioners who are able to think critically and to appreciate and utilize modern methods of scientific inquiry.


The primary goal of the Social Work Program at North Carolina Central University is the preparation of students for generalist practice. Secondary goals are to:

  1. prepare students to work with families in poverty and minority populations;
  2. prepare students for graduate social work education;
  3. to impact upon the local and regional communities outside the university through scholarly research and active participation in problem solving efforts.

Generalist Social Work Practice

The Social Work Program at North Carolina Central University prepares students for generalist practice. The complexity of life in America at the beginning of the 21st Century requires a broadly educated practitioner possessing a versatile repertoire of knowledge and skills essential for intervening in a number of human systems. Our generalist model fosters in students the view that the individual and society are human systems that are synergistically linked to each other for mutual well being and survival. That is, individuals have their needs met by occupying productive social roles.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the Bachelor of Social Work Degree. The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Our graduates are thus fully qualified for positions in the field of social services requiring a BSW form and accredited college or university. Graduates for our program are also eligible for advance standing at selected graduate schools. Advanced standing students are admitted with second year status and are able to complete the requirements for the Masters of Social Work in one year as opposed to the traditional two years. The most recent advanced standing agreement is with the University of Western Michigan . Students selected for this program receive a full scholarship covering tuition, books, fees, and a fellowship for living expenses.

The Social Work Program at NCCU is also a member of the North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative. Our program is one of seven undergraduate programs in the University of North Carolina System certified by the NC Division of Social Services Child Welfare Training site. Students selected for this program are eligible to enter the State Child Welfare system with the classification of Child Welfare Worker II rather than Child Welfare Worker I.

Graduates of our program have had great success in securing employment in the expanding social services job market. The BSW from an accredited university has "open doors" for our graduates in a variety of social services fields. These fields include:

  • Special Services with Disables
  • School Social Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Public Welfare Services
  • Corrections
  • Elderly Services
  • Medical Social Work
  • Youth Services
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