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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

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.

Program of Study

To earn a BSW degree at the University of South Carolina, you must complete 122 credit hours. These hours include the following categories:

  • Carolina Core (31-43 hours)
  • College Requirements (6-18 hours)
  • Program Requirements (1-25 hours)
  • Major Requirements (60 hours)

Additional information can be found in the Program of Study.

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 for assistance in the application of specific coursework to the social work program of study, and course selection and planning.


Upper Division Plan of Study

Students will complete courses that offer in-depth theories and methods, development and application of critical thinking skills, and professional preparation. 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 Course1 3
  Elective Course1 3

1 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 Course1 3

1 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 Course1 3

 1 Students must complete 12 hours of electives, six of which must be social work electives.