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College of Social Work

  • BSW Class


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.

Students complete courses in areas including social work practice across systems levels; theory; policy; and research. Students also complete a minimum of nine hours of electives specific to social work.  Our graduates are prepared for a professional social work career or for graduate school.

Program of Study

To earn a BSW degree at the University of South Carolina, you must complete 120 credit hours. These hours include courses in the following categories:

  • Carolina Core
  • College Requirements
  • Program Requirements
  • Major Requirements

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 to complete their plan of study.


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