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
Community historian encourages African American families to tell their own stories
Building and understanding community has motivated Jackie Whitmore since he was captivated by his grandmother’s family stories during his childhood in Columbia, South Carolina. It led him to a career in social work and fueled a passion for African American history in his home state.
Strategies for Parents, Part II: Managing emotional behavior for children
It’s natural for anyone to become anxious or scared about entering a new environment. As children cope with their anxieties, parents can help by building routines to follow.
On-site social workers at Richland Library provide access without judgment
When Lee Patterson earned her master’s in social work in 2012, she never imagined putting it to use at Richland Library — or any library. Ten years later, she is doing exactly that.
Strategies for Parents, Part I: Teaching problem solving to children
It’s inevitable that children of all ages will struggle with the social and academic expectations of their years in school. Parents can easily feel overwhelmed with providing answers, especially as children continue to struggle with stress and anxiety from the disruptions of pandemic shutdowns. Cheri Shapiro, a research professor in the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work and the director of USC’s Institute for Families in Society, focuses her research on prevention of social, emotional and behavioral problems in youth and implementation of evidence-based interventions in community settings.
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.