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Social Work Major


Social Work

As a social work major, you will learn to help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. You’ll learn to enhance their capacity to address their own needs, and promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions.



Contact Information
Joy Learman
Social Work Program Director
100 Ledford Hall
(919) 760-8304
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  • My internship has been a crucial building block to my experience as a future social worker
  • I am passionate about people and about following my convictions and fighting for what I believe in. I was able to build on these strengths here at Meredith

Meredith’s social work program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1975 and offers a professional degree (BSW), which prepares graduates for entry into social work practice.

Many of our students go on to earn a Master of Social Work degree in one year. Graduates also work in non-profit organizations, public schools, hospitals, mental health settings, long-term care facilities, child welfare agencies and agencies serving survivors of intimate partner violence.

Featured Video

video about Dielle McMillan

Dielle McMillan, ’17, is a social work major and student leader who has used her strengths on behalf of others while at Meredith College.

Strong Story | Dielle McMillan

Dielle McMillan, ’17, is a social work major and student leader who has used her strengths on behalf of others while at Meredith College.

Strong Stories

Tina Salmon

Tina Salmon

Wings student and triple major Tina Salmon, ’17, discovered a talent for leadership and advocacy at Meredith.

Ali Santiago

Ali Santiago

Graduating senior Ali Santiago, '15, said her onyx reminds her of the diligence and commitment that went into her Meredith education.

Marianna Chriscoe

Marianna Chriscoe

Social work major and Wings student Marianna Chriscoe, '17, will go on to earn her Master of Social Work after graduation.

Social Work Club

Social Work Club

Members of the Social Work Club engage in a variety of service projects and professional development opportunities such as sponsoring special events and participating in statewide conferences.

Join the NASW

National Association of Social Workers

All social workers are guided by the NASW Code of Ethics. Meredith students are strongly encouraged to join the NASW, the professional organization for social workers.

Field Practicum

The field practicum gives students the opportunity to take on professional roles in order to learn skills, render services and participate in the provision and development of social work service. The hands-on experience reinforces the student’s identification with the purposes, values and ethics of the profession; fosters the integration of empirical and practice-based knowledge; and promotes the development of professional competence.

More details about the Field Practicum

Social Work Field Practicum. Students playing different social roles