Be Their Voice

Barton's Social Work program prepares you for a rewarding career as a compassionate advocate.


About the Social Work Program

With Barton’s Social Work Program, you’ll be ready for entry-level practice in a variety of social service settings. Our comprehensive approach provides you with a rigorous professional foundation and in-depth exploration of each area of social work—values and ethics, diversity, social justice, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare and policy, social work practice, research, and field education.

Special Features

As part of your professional education, you’ll engage in activities outside the classroom and a 400-hour field placement in the spring semester of your senior year.

In addition, Barton's Social Work program is offered through two tracks:

  • Traditional Program - Day classes for traditionally enrolled students
  • Professional Studies Program - Evening, weekend, and hybrid options for working adult students

Why Social Work at Barton?

• Multiple entry points per year: Spring, Summer, Fall
• Smaller groups
• One-on-one discussion with professors
• A focus on diversity and social and economic advocacy
• Evening, hybrid, and online options for working adult students

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Program Requirements

Students may declare social work as their major at any time. Admission into the Social Work Program occurs during the first social work course taken at Barton. Criteria for admission to the program include:

  • GPA of 2.0 or greater
  • Completion of SWK 201 with C- or better
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completion of personal essay
  • Submission of resume
  • Submission of writing sample (if requested by program director)
  • Interview with student (if requested by program director)


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Lisa Council, BSW, Class of 2020

"I chose the B.S.W. program Barton College because the part-time schedule worked well with my full-time employment. The professors were encouraging and helpful. They were interested in everyone’s ideas, questions, concerns, experiences, and how they affect and enhance being a social worker. The professors discussed real life experiences that helped to build confidence and prepare students to be effective social workers. I enjoyed learning about social work and about the role it has played in history, and, now, and how it will affect the future. I value the education I received, and the supportive faculty who enjoy teaching and preparing students for a career in social work, and for those of us who already have social work careers, by broadening our knowledge of other opportunities in the social work field."

Crystal Hernandez, BSW, Class of 2019

"I am a mother and a full-time employee, and I needed a college that offered in-person classes at night. Several colleagues had recommended Barton. I made my decision, and every step of the way, I had questions. Faculty and staff provided answers above and beyond my expectations. There were days when I was so exhausted from work and knew I still had a three-hour round-trip drive to campus ahead of me, plus class time. When I felt that I could no longer continue, there would be a lecture or discussion about 'Our Why' and how important social workers are, especially today. These small-sized classes and the one-on-one conversations with professors sparked the fire inside of me, and my hunger to learn and do more continued to thrive. I excelled beyond my academic goals, and I now serve as a Child Protective Services Social Worker. I still use many of the tools and resources that I completed as projects for classes."

Course Information

For Traditional Students

You’ll begin the social work curriculum in your sophomore year. Courses are offered in a cohort style, which means you’ll take courses with the same group of students. Because you know everyone in your classes so well, resulting in a beneficial group dynamic and a positive learning environment.

Coursework covers social welfare and policy, direct practice, human behavior, research, diversity, and senior seminar. You have a wide choice of electives, such as:

  • Child Welfare
  • Supporting Families
  • The Aging Network
  • Human Sexuality
  • Substance Abuse

Traditional Course Rotation Plan

Chart your academic path through the semesters.

View the Curriculum Plan

For Professional Studies Students

If you are entering the Social Work program through Professional Studies, your first semesters at Barton will be a combination of general education courses and introductory social work courses. As a new cohort forms, you will then complete the major social work classes with this group of students, culminating in a spring semester field placement.

Professional Studies Course Rotation Plan

Chart your academic path through the semesters.

View the Curriculum Plan

Field Placements

Your field placement in your senior year allows you to gain in-depth experience in a social service agency. Some of the agencies where students have been placed are:

  • Departments of Social Services
  • North Carolina Public Schools
  • Domestic Violence Shelters
  • North Carolina Department of Corrections
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Hospice
  • North Carolina Public Health Department
  • Hospital settings
  • Services for seniors
  • Children’s programs

Child Welfare Education Collaborative

The North Carolina Child Welfare Education Collaborative (NC-CWEC) is a unique partnership between the North Carolina Division of Social Services and 21 universities and colleges. The social work programs in each of these institutions offer curricula that not only meet North Carolina’s pre-service competency requirements but include specialized, in-depth training in child welfare best practices and theory. When a participating student receives his or her B.S.W. or M.S.W., the student also receives his or her North Carolina Child Welfare Pre-Service Training Certificate. The NC-CWEC focuses on strengthening child welfare services in North Carolina by increasing the number and diversity of highly trained and committed B.S.W. and M.S.W. graduates in county social services departments. To learn more about the Child Welfare Education Collaborative, visit

Child Welfare Education Collaborative Details

Career Opportunities

A bachelor of social work degree from Barton gives you everything you need to work as a generalist practitioner in a variety of settings, including hospitals, domestic violence programs, criminal justice agencies, and mental health centers.

You may also apply for advanced standing in graduate programs that offer a master’s degree in social work. Students have gone on for advanced degrees at:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • University of Maryland
  • East Carolina University
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • North Carolina A&T State University

Clubs and Organizations

The Hamlin Society provides social work majors and others on campus with the opportunity to explore and address social problems on campus and in the community at large.

Phi Alpha, the honor society for social work majors, recognizes those students who demonstrate academic excellence.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For Traditional Undergraduates, tuition information is available in the Tuition and Fees section of the Office of Financial Aid.

For Professional Studies students, the 2020-2021 tuition rate is $450 per semester hour.


Complete your FAFSA at and discuss your scholarship and aid options with our Office of Financial Aid at

The Roy Branch and Alma Abernathy Barham Scholarship is awarded annually to an upper-class social work major.

The Eunice Lewis Colclough Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more Barton College students who plan to major in Social Work or Education and are from North Carolina.

The above scholarships are for students in the traditional undergraduate program. Students in the Professional Studies cohort should discuss their aid options with the Office of Financial Aid.


Tamara Avant, P.D.
Dean of Sciences
School of Sciences
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