Charlotte Community Counseling Programs
Students who are interested in studying community counseling could find relevant coursework in several social work or psychology programs around the Charlotte area. All within a 20-minute drive from downtown, the three colleges featured here offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in this area of study. Read to explore their offerings and get coursework details, and check out the table to get some stats on the schools like costs and graduation rates.
- Johnson C. Smith University is less than two miles from downtown Charlotte and offers a social work bachelor's degree program that includes some community counseling classes.
- Located less than four miles from the city center, Queens University of Charlotte is a private university offering an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in counseling and human services.
- Students can also attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for bachelor's and master's degrees. The school is around nine miles from central Charlotte.
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Comparison of Schools
Along with finding the right program, a school's tuition costs, campus environment and acceptance rate could likely play a role in finding the ideal college to attend. This table displays these and other figures about the three profiled institutions.
|Johnson C. Smith University||Queens University of Charlotte||University of North Carolina at Charlotte|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||1,402*||2,248*||27,238*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$18,236*||$32,560*||$6,532 in-state; $19,703 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013-2014)||94%*||99%*||74%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||42%*||78%*||64*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||66%*||73%*||82%*|
|Graduation Rate (of Students Who Began in 2008)||44%*||62%*||55%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson C. Smith University is a private, historically black university located in Charlotte. Students can learn pertinent community counseling skills from classes in the social work program.
Bachelor of Social Work
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Johnson C. Smith University consists of classes in personal and community psychological health and advocacy. Many of the classes are focused on issues pertaining to the youth or elderly, but the classes do include topics related to the community. Some of the classes in the social work program include gerontology and the social services the elderly can utilize, child welfare policies and their influence on families and children, human behavior and how the social environment influences this behavior and the social impact of community organizations. Students can enroll in a traditional curriculum format or in a nights or hybrid format.
Queens University of Charlotte
Queens University of Charlotte is a private liberal arts university. The school's Blair College of Health is home to the human service undergraduate program. The College of the Arts and Sciences at the university offers various degrees in psychology as well.
Bachelor of Arts in Human Service Studies
This interdisciplinary degree program encompasses classes from psychology, psychological therapy and social work. Students are taught professional skills that are important for work at community health centers. Some classes in the program include introduction to human services, working for individuals in need, cross-cultural issues, non-profit administration and ethical issues in human services. Students must also participate in an internship and a capstone. The internship and capstone opportunities help students apply their academic skills to pre-professional positions at community health centers around Charlotte.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public university that's part of the University of North Carolina System and is the urban, research university for the state of North Carolina. Students can enroll in the undergraduate program in social work or the graduate programs in social work or counseling to learn more about community counseling.
Bachelor of Social Work
The BSW program prepares students for careers in social work with individuals and community organizations. Some classes include human behavior and social environment, diversity and populations-at-risk, social welfare policy and social work on older adults. In addition, the community engagement and outreach class helps students target specific populations and show them how social work can help those populations.
Master of Social Work
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is a full-time graduate program that prepares students for North Carolina social work licensure. Classes include advanced social work practice with communities, advocacy and policy change, social justice and diversity and mental health assessments. The program also comes with an advanced generalist concentration, which focuses on community wellness and social justice. The MSW program includes a 1-year, 3-year and typical 2-year completion option.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The Master of Arts in Counseling program is provided by the College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Students can choose from tracks in school counseling, addictions counseling and clinical mental health. Some of the classes in the program include counseling techniques, group counseling, multicultural counseling and career development in counseling.