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College of Social Work


Curriculum

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

Program Overview

As a Bachelor of Social Work student, our curriculum grounds you in a liberal arts education and provides the values, skills, knowledge and competencies necessary for generalist social work practice. Our program cultivates passionate, practice-ready graduates through our emphasis on teaching, field education, service and research. We also prepare you for advanced standing options in graduate social work programs.

To earn a BSW degree at the University of South Carolina, you must complete 122 credit hours, which includes meeting your general education Carolina Core requirements, BSW program prerequisites and all requirements for the BSW Upper Division major. Additional information can be found in the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.

 

Degree Requirements

Our program’s academic regulations are consistent with the university’s requirements and are in accordance with accreditation standards established by the Council on Social Work Education.

 

Carolina Core Requirements

You will start the bachelor’s degree program by fulfilling your Carolina Core requirements and other foundational courses.

Carolina Core
CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written
  • ENGL 101: Critical Reading and Composition
  • ENGL 102: Rhetoric and Composition
ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving
  • STAT 201: Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 122: Calculus for Business Administration & Social Sciences or MATH 141: Calculus I or any other approved ARP statistics course
SCI – Scientific Literacy
  • Two SCI-approved courses, one of which must include a lab
GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language
  • Two GFL-approved courses
  • Credit for this requirement will be given for Advanced Placement test scores of 2 or higher
GHS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking
  • Two GHS courses, one of which must cover U.S. History
AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretative Understanding
  • Any AIU-approved course
GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences
  • Any GSS-approved course from PSYC or SOCY
INF – Information Literacy
  • Any INF-approved course
CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component
  • Any CMS-approved course
BSW Program Prerequisites
In addition, you must take the following courses to complete the program's lower division requirements:
  • POLI 201: American National Government
  • One literature course level 200 or higher
  • One economics course. See your adviser for options
  • One philosophy course. See your adviser for options
  • One cultural awareness course. See your adviser for options
  • SOWK 201 Introduction to Social Work Profession and Social Welfare
  • SOWK 222 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies, and Programs
 

Upper Division Requirements

In the upper division, you will complete social work major coursework, including field education. Detailed course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.

Plan of Study

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
SOWK __ Elective Course 3
SOWK __ Elective Course 3

 

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
SOWK __ Elective Course 3
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
SOWK __ Elective Course 3