Social Work at South Carolina

Social work is a helping profession. The main goal of social work is to improve a society's overall well-being, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Our students learn to work with individuals, couples, families, groups, neighborhoods, communities and organizations to empower them to meet their needs.

What to Expect

As a social work major, you can expect to develop skills in community organizing, diversity, social justice, networking, interviewing, multitasking, case management and grant-writing. You will also be able to gain hands-on experience in the field through service-learning that is integrated into academic coursework. You may also choose to pursue the Child Welfare Certificate and become certified in child welfare and receive a fellowship from the Department of Social Services.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

The College of Social Work offers the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and is just one of three public universities in South Carolina that offer the B.S.W. The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for the degree:

  • Social Welfare Institutions, Policies, and Programs
  • Generalist Practice I: Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • Generalist Practice II: Social Work with Individuals and Families
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Social Work with Diverse and Oppressed Populations
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment I and II
  • Social Work and Scientific Inquiry
  • Introduction to Field Education
  • Generalist Practice III: Social Work with Small Groups
  • Generalist Practice IV: Organizations and Communities

A  Accelerated Degree Option

Students who earn a B.S.W. from the university will be considered advanced standing and will be able to earn a Master of Social Work degree (M.S.W.) in just one academic year. Students can take advantage of this offer for up to five years after their graduation date. Many graduates also go on to pursue a Master of Public Health.

 

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work with specializations in aging; children, youth and their families; health and mental health; social, community and economic development; and the military. The college also offers a transdisciplinary, community-engaged, research and education based doctoral degree as well three specialized certificate programs.

M  Master of Social Work (M.S.W) 

Admissions Coordinator and Program Contact: Analucia Brown, 803-777-3599, COSWMSW@mailbox.sc.edu
M.S.W. Student Recruiter: 
Danita Hall, 803-777-3702, Danitah@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Ph.D. in Social Work

Graduate Director: Terry Wolfer, 803-777-9486, terryw@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Analucia Brown, 803-777-3599, COSWMSW@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior and Master of Social Work (M.P.H. / M.S.W.)

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Social Work, culminates in a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior and a Master of Social Work.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master in Public Health Services Policy and Management and Master of Social Work (M.P.H. / M.S.W.)

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Social Work, culminates in a Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management and a Master of Social Work.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work (M.P.A. / M.S.W.)

This program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Social Work, culminates in a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Social Work.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master of Social Work and Law (M.S.W. / J.D.)

This program, offered by the College of Social Work and the School of Law, culminates in a Master of Social Work and a Juris Doctor.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

C  Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology

Admissions Coordinator: Analucia Brown, 803-777-3599, COSWMSW@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: 
Katherine Leith, 803-777-5291, khleith0@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Katherine Leith, 803-777-5291, khleith0@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

C  Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies

Admissions Coordinator: Analucia Brown, 803-777-3599, COSWMSW@mailbox.sc.edu
Graduate Director: Nancy Brown, 803-777-3511, nancyb@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Nancy Brown, 803-777-3511, nancyb@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

C  Graduate Certificate for Social and Behavioral Health with Military Members, Veterans and Military Families

Graduate Director: Nancy Brown, 803-777-3511, nancyb@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.