Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro! We are very proud of our Department and we hope you will take some time to become acquainted with the educational opportunities we offer. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that social work will be one of the fastest growing professions in the next 10 years, and we are excited to be preparing our students for social work practice in the 21st century.

Our BSW Program, which prepares students for beginning generalist social work practice, has been continuously accredited since 1973 and is one of the oldest and largest BSW programs in the state of North Carolina.
Our MSW Program (jointly operated with North Carolina A&T State University), with its advanced generalist concentration, offers two-year fulltime, one-year advanced standing, and 3 year part-time options. In cooperation with the UNCG School of Education Teachers’ Academy and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the Department also offers school social work licensure programs (both BSW and MSW) which allow students to qualify for North Carolina state licensure in school social work.

The profession of social work focuses on helping people to improve their social functioning and helping organizations and communities better meet the needs of their members, and working towards a more socially just society. This focus on people in their social environment requires social workers to have an understanding of factors affecting individuals as well as the social forces that shape the world in which they live. Central themes of social work include a commitment to social justice, assisting people and communities to better their life circumstances, an action orientation, and an appreciation for human diversity. These values lead to a versatile practice perspective with skills to meet the challenges of the rapid changes affecting society.

The UNCG Department of Social Work is committed to providing a learning environment which prepares our graduates for practice in diverse settings. Undergraduate and graduate students experience diversity in the classroom, in field settings, and through local and international collaborations. We have faculty from diverse backgrounds, including African American and Latina. We are very proud that since 1973, we have had a joint BSW field education program with NCA&TSU through which students are placed in a wide variety of practice settings to complete their internships. That collaboration provided the basis for the development of the Joint Master of Social Work Program (JMSW), which began in 1997. Both BSW and MSW students have access to international experiences through our educational exchange program with the Glasgow School of Social Work at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and our study abroad program in Costa Rica and other study abroad sites throughout the world. Our faculty and students also work with immigrants and refugees through collaboration with the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians.

Department of Social Work faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and community service. They are also productive scholars who publish their research in nationally recognized social work and interdisciplinary journals. Both graduate and undergraduate students have opportunities to work with faculty on research projects. Faculty are also actively engaged with the community through service many community agencies and organizations, including conducting research and program evaluation, serving on boards and committees, and providing continuing education for agency staff. Students have the opportunity to become engaged in the community through service-learning experiences, volunteer experiences, and field internships.

If, after reviewing the information on this website, you need additional information about our programs in terms of your own professional interests and goals, feel free to contact us. The faculty and I will be pleased to assist you in any way we can to become better acquainted with our department and programs.

Melissa R. Floyd-Pickard, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.
Department Chair