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Undergraduate Student Leadership


Field placements, internships, service learning, and student organizations offer countless opportunities to lead on campus and in the community. As you pursue your undergraduate social work degree, you’ll be challenged to think creatively, impact profoundly, and advocate effectively.

Student Organizations

Black Social Work Student Association (BSWSA)
The purpose of the BSWSA is to facilitate open dialogue and retention of BSW & MSW students of color, promote academic excellence, scholastic networks, and cultural diversity, foster professional and recreational activities, as well as, provide a nurturing environment and advocate for students. For more information, contact the faculty advisor Dr. Shaun Owens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dean's Student Advisory Council
The Dean’s Student Advisory Council’s (DSAC) purpose is to foster communication and collaboration between the administration, faculty, staff, and students of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Its goals are to provide an avenue for the concerns of students to be addressed to the faculty, staff, and administration of the College of Social Work; create a collaborative environment in which students and administration, faculty, and staff can work together for the betterment of the College of Social Work; to build student collaboration across the degree granting programs and statuses within those programs at the College of Social Work; as well as to provide an avenue for the representation of the student body of the College of Social Work to the staff, faculty, and administration of the College of Social Work.

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Advisor: Anna Scheyett

Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society
Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society provides an opportunity for BSW & MSW students who have excelled in Social Work scholarship to form bonds and promote Social Work values. The Kappa Psi chapter at USC 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 BSW Upper Division Program with a 3.5 or better Cumulative GPA. New members will be inducted in the spring semester.

Undergraduate Social Work Student Association (USWSA)
The purpose of the Undergraduate Social Work Student Association is to encourage 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. For more information contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Daniel Freedman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Social Work Minor


PrettyRain cso 11 009Undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina can now complete a minor in social work. The minor provides a background in social work to students from other academic majors. This background will open the window to advanced academic study that leads to a professional career.

The College of Social Work offers undergraduate courses on special topics, current issues, or electives that may be open to students who register for social work courses as a minor, cognate, or elective.

Bachelor in Social Work (BSW)

 

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The mission of the BSW program is to prepare graduates to become competent and ethical generalist practitioners who promote social and economic justice, social well-being, and an appreciation of diversity among vulnerable populations across South Carolina and beyond. This is accomplished through the program’s emphasis on teaching, research, creative activity, and community engagement. 

The College’s Social Work minor prepares University undergraduate students from other academic programs for responsible citizenship by introducing them to social work as a means to helping people enhance their well-being.

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The purpose of the professional of social work is to enhance the social functioning and interactions of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities by involving them in setting and accomplishing goals, developing and managing resources, and preventing and alleviating distress.

Social workers recognize the strength and resilience of clients and client systems and seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Core values of the profession include service, social and  economic justice, the dignity and worth of each person,  and the importance of human relationships.

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General BSW Program contact information:
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First-Year Academic Advisor: 
Sonya Clemon 
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803.777.9436

BSW Student Services Program Coordinator:
Andre Grant
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BSW Program Coordinator:
Daniel Freedman, Clinical Assistant Professor 
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803.777.7939

For information about admission to the University of South Carolina, contact:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 803.777.7700
www.sc.edu/admissions

For appointments to visit our campus, contact the Visitor Center.

Field Education


CaregiverSupport FieldFairField experience is crucial to social work education and helps prepare students for social work practice. Through field practicum at local organizations, students apply their classroom knowledge to real-life situations, gaining the practical experience necessary to prepare them for careers in social work.

For BSW students, the field practicum consists of a series of three required courses that are taken concurrently with other courses held in the classroom. More than 75 BSW students at USC have field practicums at a diverse array of organizations throughout the Southeast every year.

Social Work Undergraduate Admissions

 

ENTRANCE AND PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS 

In order to be admitted to the College of Social Work-BSW Program, freshmen and transfer students must meet all University and college admission requirements. Transfer students must meet all such requirements and have an overall GPA of 2.50 or better. Acceptance into the BSW Program with a lower division classification does not guarantee progression into the upper division BSW Major. All students in the lower division in the BSW program are subject to the following regulations:

    1. Students must maintain good academic standing within the university
    2. All incomplete grades posted on the transcript must be removed before progression into the upper division
    3. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all required English courses

Advanced Placement: Students must adhere to the University requirements for advanced placement in general education courses. Only those general education courses identified by the University can be used for advanced placement through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). University departmental exams may be used for advanced placement if offered by the appropriate department and if the student meets the expected testing level identified by the department.

Upper Division: Progression into upper division social work occurs during the fall semester. Students must have at least 39 hours of required general education credits completed in order to qualify for applying into the upper division major. Factors for acceptance may include but are not limted to the following:

    1. Good standing with the University and successful completion of the application process
    2. Minimum overall GPA of 2.5
    3. A grade of “C” in their English general education course requirements
    4. Verified completion of 39 hours of required general education credits at the time of application
    5. Verified completion of 54 hours of required general education credits at the time of progression into the upper division major
    6. Verified completion of SOWK 201
    7. Meeting with their social work advisors to receive and discuss the pre-application, application packet, personal statement, reference forms, and overall process for applying.

HOW APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED

In making admissions decisions, representatives from the BSW Program and College of Social Work form an Admissions Committee.   This committee uses a holistic approach to assess applicants for admission. The three components of this assessment include: (1) academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, (2) the personal statement, and (3) letters of recommendation.  

ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS 

Transcripts from prior academic work are submitted to the College of Social Work, and can be found at the university’s Office of the University Registrar. Transcripts will be analyzed based on the overall undergraduate GPA (must have at minimum GPA of 2.50 for admission into the BSW Upper Division major), trends in grades, and types of courses completed.

THE PERSONAL STATEMENT

The purpose of the personal statement is to display the applicant’s professional and personal accomplishments.  It serves as a place present evidence on the potential towards developing into a competent social work practitioner.  Overall, it is an opportunity to let the Admissions Committee know about the applicant's interests, resiliencies, and thoughts about providing community service.  

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can address the applicant’s characteristics such as maturity, self-discipline, commitment, cooperativeness, and professionalism. There is no limitation in terms of who can write a letter, but it is suggested the letters are written by individuals who can attest to the applicant’s performance in academics, employment, and/or service/volunteer experiences (e.g., professor, supervisor, or community leader), and NOT from those with a personal relationship (e.g., relative, friend, or neighbor).  

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WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE AN ADMISSIONS DECISION?

Each August, a new cohort begins the BSW Upper Division major. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants for this cohort during two distinct times: Spring and Summer.

  • For Spring Applicants, the application packet is due in March and final admissions decisions will be made by the end of April
  • For Summer Applicants, the application packet is due in July, and final admissions decisions will be made by the end of July

Applicants will be notified about decisions by postal mail, e-mail, or both. To protect privacy, the BSW Program will not release admissions decisions over the phone, nor will the BSW Program discuss an application with anyone other than the applicant.

We’re happy that you’re interested in our program! To enroll in our program, you must be admitted to USC. If you recently received your admissions letter from USC, your next step is to sign up for an orientation.

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