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Message from the Chair


Blenda R. Crayton, PhD, MSW

Welcome to the Department of Social Work! The department is one of eight units that make up the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. It offers both undergraduate (BSW) and graduate (MSW) degrees in social work. Both the BSW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the governing body of social work education programs in the United States.  The number one priority for faculty in the Department of Social Work is student success. We are equally committed to student retention, graduation and student preparedness to compete in the workforce. Advisement is critical to retaining and graduating students. We strongly encourage our students to utilize their rights to organize. Faculty and staff support the student organizations, such as the Social Work Society, NCCU Nu Gamma Chapter of the Phi Alpha National Honor Society and the Graduate Student Organization.

Our students benefit from the experiential learning that occurs in field. Both the BSW and MSW students experience on-the-job training through their field practicum experiences. We are fortunate to have dedicated social workers from more than 45 agencies who volunteer their time to supervise and prepare our students for the profession of social work.

Exciting news was received in October 2014. The Department of Social Work was granted permission by the Council on Social Work Education to offer an Advanced Standing Program. Advanced Standing allows students who hold the BSW degree to earn their MSW degree in one year if they meet requirements for admission.  We will offer the first Advanced Standing program summer of 2015. Looking toward the future, as we evaluate our Juvenile Justice concentration in the MSW program, we are planning to broaden the scope to include other areas, such as child abuse, divorce, child custody, criminal justice, mental health and other areas that will require social workers to represent and advocate for their clients in the justice system. This concentration is Forensic Social Work.

We are excited and look forward to embarking upon new and creative ventures that reflect Eagle Excellence and Eagle Pride.

Dr. Blenda Crayton

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