Student organizations offer opportunities for additional community service and leadership. Whether you are an undergraduate or a graduate student, you can find a group that is a great fit for you.
Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society
Designed for undergraduate and master’s students who have excelled in social work scholarship to form bonds and promote the profession’s values. The Kappa Psi chapter at the University of South Carolina received its charter in 2007 and is a great opportunity to be involved in the College of Social Work and receive recognition for your scholastic achievements. Membership requirements are a minimum of 15 completed credit hours in the Bachelor of Social Work upper division or Master of Social Work degree program with a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average. New members are inducted in the spring semester.
Undergraduate Social Work Student Association
Encouraging fellowship and on-campus participation of undergraduate social work majors and minors. Members actively provide services in the university and community settings, facilitate educational and social events and participate in fundraising activities. Membership is open to any undergraduate student registered full-time or part-time at the Columbia campus. Four officers — president, vice president, secretary and treasurer — are elected annually by the college’s student body and form the association’s executive committee.
Social Work Student Association
Open to any full-time or part-time MSW students, the SWSA promotes interest in social work and social work issues through associating with others with similar interests. The organization provides supplemental educational experiences for students, advocates for students in academic and administrative matters, and enhances social interaction among members. Four officers — president, vice president, secretary and treasurer — are elected annually by the college’s student body.
College of Social Work Committees
In addition to student associations, you can also serve as a student representative on standing committees for the College of Social Work. Students selected by the student association attend meetings as voting members representing the student body.
Undergraduate Program Committee
The primary role is to administer the implementation of course, curriculum and college objectives for the BSW program. The committee recommends curriculum changes to the faculty and other changes to improve or enhance the program of study.
MSW Program Committee
The primary role is to administer the implementation of course, curriculum and college objectives for the MSW program. The committee recommends curriculum changes to the faculty and other changes to improve or enhance the program of study.
Dean’s Advisory Council
As a student on the advisory council, you will communicate with the dean on a regular basis about student concerns, help identify important current issues and aid in planning.
Field Education Advisory Committee
Advising and supporting the field programs. The committee includes one BSW and one MSW student who serve one-year terms.
Faculty Recruitment Committee
Responsible for recruiting, screening and coordinating campus visits for candidates, convening and facilitating special faculty meetings to evaluate the candidates, and making recommendations to the dean. Membership may include one BSW and one MSW student.
Your preparation for the real-world does not end in the classroom. Beyond our expansive field education offerings, you will have the chance to develop professional skills through:
- College seminars and events
- Membership in the National Association of Social Workers, both the national organization and the South Carolina chapter
- Conferences and workshops
- Student organizations
As a College of Social Work student, you can enjoy the benefits of being part of a major university in a capital city. Options abound for living, playing and making a difference. With a low cost of living and big-city amenities, discover why Columbia is one of the top 10 best college towns in the country.
The University of South Carolina’s housing office can assist you with on-campus or off-campus living. The university boasts several living and learning communities with special housing options, including the new Galen Health Fellows program, which is located in Patterson Hall and open to social work and other health sciences students.