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College of Social Work

Frequently Asked Questions

Your one-stop resource for information on the Bachelor of Social Work admission process and curriculum.


Social work is a profession that strives to improve social conditions, eliminate disparities, and create positive change through advocacy, research and evidence-based strategies. Some of the competencies of social work include:

  • Integrating and applying social work knowledge, values and skills in a purposeful and professional manner to promote human and community well-being.
  • Understanding ethical decision-making and applying principles to practice, research and policy.
  • Engaging with clients by applying the knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  • The Council on Social Work Education provides more information about social work.

A career in social work is both challenging and rewarding. The profession continues to grow at an increasing rate with state, national and international opportunities. The College of Social Work at Carolina prepares generalist social work leaders through experiential and engaged learning, service learning and opportunities for graduation with leadership distinction.

Upon acceptance into the University of South Carolina, students should declare social work as their major. Admission into the social work lower division does not guarantee progression into the upper division

For current UofSC students, refer to Academic Advising.

For transfer students, refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students may also contact our BSW Program Coordinator Bree Alexander or Undergraduate Academic Advisor Instructor Anna May.

Junior and senior year courses in major area. You must apply for admission into upper division.

Refer to admission criteria for applying to the upper division.

There are two opportunities to apply to the program. The spring deadline is March 15 and summer deadline is July 15. Classes begin in August and follow the Carolina academic calendar.

Refer to scholarships and financial aid for more information.

Refer to field education for more information.

Bree Alexander, Ph.D., LISW-CP, LCSW-S
Clinical Assistant Professor/Interim BSW Program Coordinator
Phone: 803-777-9265 

Anna May, MSW
 Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Instructor, UNIV 150 & 151                                                                                                                                                       
  Phone: 803-777-1545


You will graduate from our program with generalist social work skills, professional work experience, and the potential to obtain a social work license in the future or apply to graduate school.  

If you earn an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, you may be granted Advanced Standing status for MSW program. Advanced Standing status allows you to complete an MSW program in one year, rather than the typical two years.

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