What You’ll Study
Through a mix of classroom experiences, field work, community engagement, and work crew assignments, you’ll learn the workings of different social systems and develop professional problem-solving skills to help you make positive changes in the lives of others.
Topics You’ll Cover
- Developing empathy and cultural sensitivity for people of different ages, classes, cultures, races, sexual orientations, and beliefs
- Advocating for client access to social services and resources
- Learning effective methods of intervention, and how to decide when to intervene
- Applying social work ethical principles to your professional practice
Social work majors complete their coursework with a semester-long field internship at a local social service agency. You’ll work with a supervisor to practice social work, helping real clients and interacting with agency professionals.
Some Recent Field Internship Agencies
- Buncombe County Department of Social Services
- Children First Family Resource Center
- Pisgah Legal Services
- BeLoved Asheville
- Bounty and Soul
- Asheville Racial Justice Coalition
- Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness
- Mountain Area Residential Facilities
What can I do with a social work major?
With a bachelor’s degree in social work, you can make a difference for society’s most marginalized populations, like the poor, homeless, children, teenagers, elderly, mentally ill, people with physical and developmental disabilities, LGBTQIA, people of color, and refugees.
The major can also be useful if you’re looking to pursue graduate school in social work or if you’re interested in a related service field like public health, recreation, city planning, public administration, or policy development and analysis.
As a qualifying social work graduate, you can enter a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program as a second-year student with Advanced Standing status, thus completing the two-year advanced degree in one year rather than two. Our graduates have completed MSW programs at such institutions as UNC Chapel Hill, Columbia University, Western Carolina University, University of Chicago, University of California Berkeley, Tulane University, among others.