Joint Program in Social Work

Universities of NCA&T and UNCG

Within the Joint M.S.W. Program, multicultural clinical practice recognizes the culture, history, and identities of all peoples with emphasis on people who are oppressed, marginalized, and traumatized, as well as contemporary patterns of social, economic, and health inequalities. This knowledge is applied in establishing culturally sensitive therapeutic relationships that promote resiliency.

Assessments in multicultural clinical practice are derived from psychological, ecological, and community contextual perspectives. Through the application of a broad range of culturally responsive social work assessment and intervention approaches, multicultural clinical practice strives to enhance social functioning and improve the quality of life for people and communities. Practice is evaluated through the use of culturally responsive methodologies.


Each student is required to take 2 elective courses.  Electives are designed to provide additional knowledge and skill to further develop capacity to engage in advanced multicultural clinical social work practice.  Each year, multiple electives will be offered based on student interest and instructor availability.

Regardless of which is their home campus, students may take their elective at either UNC Greensboro or NC A&TSU. Students who take an elective at the host (rather than home) campus, will register with the Joint Programs Cross Registration Form at the student’s home campus.

Electives must be graduate-level courses and may be taken within the social work departments or in other related departments, with permission of the student’s academic advisor. Advisor permission is not required to take a Joint M.S.W. elective.

Examples of Past Joint M.S.W. Elective Courses:

  • Grief, Loss, and Trauma
  • Clinical Social Work with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Contemporary Interventions in Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Social Services for Children
  • School Social Work – Advanced Practice

Non-Joint M.S.W. Elective Courses:

Following are some N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro electives for students to consider in collaboration with their academic advisors at each university. This list is not complete, nor is it intended to constrain students from taking other graduate-level electives with the approval of their advisor.

NC A&T Electives

  • HEFS613, Substance Abuse
  • PSYC644, Applied Health Psychology
  • PSYC645, Behavior Modification
  • SOCI701, Seminar in Cultural Factors in Communication
  • SOWK670, Law and Society
  • SPED 660, Introduction to Exceptional Children
  • SPED661, Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • SPED668, Children & Youth with Behavioral Disorders

UNC Greensboro Electives

  • SWK522, Comparative Study of Cross-cultural Social Work Practice
  • SWK550, Social Services in Health Care
  • SWK555, Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice
  • SWK570, Social Services for the Aging
  • SWK584, Social Services for Children
  • CED642, Substance Abuse Counseling
  • CED691, Advanced Clinical Topics in Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy
  • HDF612, Seminar in Parent-Child Relations
  • HDF621, Advanced Theories and Principles of Parenting
  • HDF660, Families of Individuals with Special Needs
  • PSY502, Psychological Problems of Childhood
  • PSY506, Psychology of Aging