For more than 50 years, the University of South Carolina College of Social Work has influenced the well-being of individuals, families and communities in South Carolina and beyond. Our graduates improve lives in countless ways and through varied careers from advocates and administrators to educators and policymakers.
The College of Social Work is a leading, research-based learning setting that’s a Top 20% Social Work program nationally, according to US News & World Report. Here, students take an active role in understanding and shaping the ways social work improves communities. Whether working toward an advanced generalist career or focused certificate specialization, our social work practitioners and scholars are committed to positive social change.
Built for Change
The College of Social Work offers degree options from undergraduate to the state’s largest MSW program with locations in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. We’re also home to the only doctoral program in the state. Our students can pursue specialized graduate certificates, combination degrees or continuing education coursework required for licensure – all from the College of Social Work.Study
Social worker's research offers insight into experiences of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients
Social Work professor Ben Roth is co-authoring a book about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. About 500 individuals in six states, including South Carolina, participated in interviews for the research. Roth’s team found that young people who received DACA benefited in important ways but also faced constant signals that make them feel like they don’t belong.
2023 Breast Cancer Awareness Faculty Experts
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The University of South Carolina has several faculty members who can offer expertise on the subject.
New programs offer incentives for health care careers
The Palmetto State — facing physician and nursing shortages, an aging population and a growing number of children requiring welfare services — is partnering with universities and organizations to recruit and retain students interested in health care careers by reducing financial barriers.
Heterodox Academy aims to cultivate free, open debate on campus
From both sides of the political spectrum, the social space for spirited dialogue and debate has been steadily shrinking for years. A new group on campus hopes to expand the conversation.
Empowering Positive Change
College of Social Work faculty, staff and students impact social justice both locally and nationally. The school’s I. DeQuincey Newman Institute of Peace and Social Justice is a national resource for transdisciplinary teaching and advocacy on social justice issues. The school sponsors events exploring race relations and diversity; the state’s housing crisis, food insecurity, income inequities and lack of rural healthcare; voting inequality; and other issues that diminish people and communities.