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Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Social workers make a difference in a complicated world. Winston-Salem State University’s degree for social workers equips you to help people and communities cope with problems such as abuse, addiction, homelessness and illness. We know that solving these types of societal concerns requires special skills and knowledge.

The Bachelor of Social Work degree at WSSU helps you develop the skills you need to improve the lives of people in your community. At WSSU, our social work students are committed to advocacy and social justice and have the skills to bring about change. If this sounds like you, we invite you to join us.

Social Work degree options at Winston-Salem State University

All students pursuing a WSSU degree for social workers take the same classes and complete fieldwork in order to graduate. Your coursework, field experience and extracurricular activities equip you for a meaningful career dedicated to improving social conditions.

Earn Your Bachelor of Social Work Degree at WSSU

WSSU’s social work bachelor’s will do more than just prepare you for a successful future — it will help you go further than you ever imagined. At WSSU, your education goes beyond the classroom: We offer research opportunities, clubs and extracurricular activities that develop your curiosity and problem-solving skills to prepare you for the future.

You’ll work with knowledgeable and caring faculty who will be your mentors throughout your Bachelor of Social Work degree and connect you with a network of like-minded individuals also striving to make a difference in the world. You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with your peers to address social injustice and gain valuable experience in the field. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to engage with, assess and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to address the diverse needs of at-risk populations.

Get hands-on experience in your field

All students in WSSU’s Bachelor of Social Work programs complete fieldwork experiences and other hands-on learning opportunities to prepare you for a meaningful career.

Experienced and industry-connected faculty

Every member of our social worker bachelor’s faculty has extensive experience in the field working with individuals, families and communities, so they have seen first-hand the challenges your degree for social workers will prepare you to confront and resolve in our communities. Their areas of expertise include crisis intervention, foster care, mental health and more.

Connect with socially minded peers

Join the Social Work Club and the Phi Alpha Honor Society to connect with other social work bachelor’s students and work with local organizations to positively impact our community. You'll complete service projects, build your leadership skills and have an opportunity to earn scholarships.

What You Can Do With Your Social Work Bachelor’s

Your Bachelor of Social Work degree provides a solid foundation that makes you competitive in the job market. The communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that you develop at WSSU apply to a variety of settings. A degree for social workers from WSSU will ensure you’re well-prepared to use your skills within organizations that strive to improve social conditions in their communities. Some of these potential job titles include:

Alternatively, you can seek licensure and advance your studies beyond our Bachelor of Social Work programs by earning a Master of Social Work degree. We are proud that the majority of WSSU social work majors who apply to MSW programs earn “advanced standing,” which enables them to complete their MSW in one year instead of two.

Regardless of the path you choose, your WSSU Bachelor of Social Work degree will provide you with numerous opportunities to do meaningful work.

Career outlook for WSSU social work bachelor’s graduates

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bachelor of Social Work jobs are on the rise and expected to increase by 12% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all U.S. occupations.

Explore Classes for the Bachelor’s in Social Work Degree

As a WSSU social work bachelor’s student, you’ll study topics such as human behavior and development, social policy, cultural diversity, community development, advocacy and more. As you build foundational knowledge through interactive lectures and discussion, you’ll also participate in research and field experiences. Your faculty members will help strengthen your knowledge and advance your skills in all areas of social work for a macro-level view of the field.

A Sample of the Required Courses in Our Degree for Social Workers:

View the full Bachelor of Social Work program’s requirements and course catalog.


Your Experience as a Social Work Major at Winston-Salem State

Student Life at WSSU

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Support and Resources Available to You

As a member of our “Ramily,” you’ll have opportunities to connect with other social work bachelor’s students while serving your community through Greek life (such as the Phi Alpha Honor Society), clubs (like the Social Work Club) and the residence halls.

We strive to make education affordable for students working on their degree for social worker career advancement, keeping tuition low and offering financial aid based on both need and merit. Almost 90% of WSSU students receive some type of financial aid.

Learn more about financial aid and paying for your WSSU education.

We want to see you succeed, so we surround you with resources to make sure you stay on track. Take advantage of our academic advising, a research center to give you hands-on experience and career prep to help you write your resume and prepare for interviews.

Within your Bachelor of Social Work program you’ll have access to additional support and mentorship. Our caring faculty and staff are committed to helping you develop your skills and prepare for a meaningful career.

Learn more about the Department of Social Work.

Take the Next Step

Do meaningful work and make a difference in your community through WSSU’s Bachelor of Social Work programs. #BeTheNext

WSSU prepared me to enter a graduate program at the University of South Carolina. My goal is to be a clinical social worker who specializes in helping military veterans who suffer from different traumas such as post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoid schizophrenia and other conditions.

Willie D., Social Work B.S.

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