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College of Social Work

Professor Dan Friedman teaches a BSW class.

Curriculum

Earning your bachelor’s degree in social work prepares you for a meaningful professional career as a generalist social worker.

Program Overview

The BSW program offers a competency-based curriculum. Our graduates are expected to demonstrate professional competencies across levels of practice. These competencies are informed by social work knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes and applied in the service of enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities.

Students will complete courses that explore theories, human development, research, advocacy and application of critical thinking skills, all in preparation for a professional social work career or graduate school.

Program of Study

To earn a BSW degree at the University of South Carolina, you must complete 120 credit hours. These hours include courses in the following categories:

  • Carolina Core
  • College Requirements
  • Program Requirements
  • Major Requirements


Major Map

The Major Map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation. Students will work with academic advisors to complete their plan of study.


Upper Division Plan of Study

The following tables reflect the typical progression sequence of required and elective courses during the junior and senior years of study in the BSW program. 

 

 Junior Year - Fall 
Course No. Title Credit Hours
SOWK 311 Generalist Practice I: Introduction to Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 331 Diversity and Social Justice in Contemporary Society 3
SOWK 341 Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) I: Individual Development across the Life Span 3
  Elective Course * 3
  Elective Course * 3
* Students must complete 12 hours of electives, six of which must be social work electives. 

 

 Junior Year - Spring 
Course No. Title Credit Hours
SOWK 312 Generalist Practice II: Social Work with Individuals and Families 3
SOWK 322 Social Policy Analysis 3
SOWK 342 Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) II: Family Development and Diversity 3
SOWK 352 Social Work and Scientific Inquiry 3
SOWK 382 Introduction to Field Education 3

 

 Senior Year - Fall 
Course No. Title Credit Hours
SOWK 411 Generalist Practice III: Social Work with Small Groups 3
SOWK 441 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) III: Large Systems 3
SOWK 481 Practicum I: Field Education 3
SOWK 483 Practicum Seminar 3
  *Elective Course 3
*Students must complete 12 hours of electives, six of which must be social work electives. 

 

 Senior Year - Spring 
Course No. Title Credit Hours
SOWK 412 Generalist Practice IV: Social Work with Communities & Organizations 3
SOWK 422 Advocacy for Social and Economic Justice 3
SOWK 482 Human Behavior and Social Environment (HBSE) I: Individual Development across the Life Span 3
SOWK 484 Practicum II: Field Education 3
  *Elective Course 3
*Students must complete 12 hours of electives, six of which must be social work electives. 




 


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