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
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.
Age Ready series teaches life skills to promote independence for older adults
As Baby Boomers age, the number of older adult households is rapidly growing. Many of those planning for their retirement years are deciding there’s no place like home. Researchers from the College of Social Work teamed up with Richland Library to teach life skills that promote independence and allow individuals to age in a familiar space and environment, reducing long-term care costs and maintaining established routines.
USC researchers improve outcomes for pregnancy, birth and early childhood
When it comes to understanding the challenges related to pregnancy, birth and early childhood, USC’s researchers deliver answers.
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.DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION