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The College of Social Work will host three separate Open Houses for prospective students.

Advanced Standing Only (11-month program: only students earning or have earned BSW degree should attend the Advanced Standing open house)
Prospective students interested in learning about our Advanced Standing MSW plan of study should attend this event.
Date: Friday, November 18th, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Hamilton College #226

Full-Time Only (2-year program)
Prospective students interested in learning about our full-time MSW plan of study should attend this event.
Date: Friday, November 18th, 2016
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Hamilton College #226

Part-Time Only (3-year program)
Prospective students interested in learning about our part-time MSW plan of study should attend this event.
Date: Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Hamilton College #226

Please RSVP by November 14th, 2016. Click here!

SOWK 768-Writing for Professional Practice

The College of Social Work is proud to announce a new course: SOWK 768 - Writing for Professional Practice. The goal of the course is to enhance students’ success not only in the MSW program but also in their social work careers. In our experience, few students enter the MSW program with an adequate skill set for tackling the amount and type of scientific writing required in the program, and many students are silently struggling with learning this new approach to writing. To address this need, the College of Social Work has created the Writing for Professional Practice course, along with accompanying on-line writing skills assessment as an “early detection system” to help students identify any weaknesses in their writing before beginning their MSW coursework. By completing the on-line writing skills assessment, students will be able to evaluate their writing  more objectively and to determine whether they need to register for the course. Students may waive the Writing for Professional Practice course requirement if they pass this assessment. 

If you know that you can benefit from the course and would like to register for it without taking the writing skills assessment, you are welcome to do so...we applaud you for being proactive.  And you are able to apply the credit hours towards your general elective hours required for your MSW.

Assessment Format

You will be asked to read a short prompt and respond in a brief essay (250-500 word), within a 45 minute time limit. Although the prompt will focus on a topic related to the social work profession, it does not require any specialized knowledge; we are assessing writing skills rather than substantive knowledge or expertise.

Information and Instructions

By March 25, 2015, you will receive an email with detailed information about the assessment process. Attachments to this email will include a Rubric which shows you how your essay will be evaluated, and what qualities of “proficient professional writing” we are looking for. It will also include a copy of the Honor Code that you will need to affirm by adding an electronic signature (simply type your name) when completing the assessment. Finally, it will include an Instructional Guide that explains how you will access the Professional Writing Skills Assessment through the University of South Carolina’s Blackboard system and how you will complete the assessment. Please read each of these attachments carefully before you take the assessment.

Completing the Assessment

The assessment will be available to you to complete any time between March 30, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. EST and April 20, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. EST. You may complete the assessment at any time during this window, but once you begin, you must complete it within 45 minutes – you can submit only once, and you cannot restart or retake the assessment. So, you will need to arrange for use of a computer with reliable, high speed internet access, and for a quiet, private work space where you can work undisturbed throughout the testing process. If you do not finish the assessment, the system will automatically save your work and submit it for you.

Getting your Results

Assessments will be scored on a rolling basis, and students will receive their results (Proficient – Waive the Course, OR, Not Proficient – Course Required) via email as scoring is completed. Our goal is to have results to all students before Orientation on April 30, 2015. However, if many students wait until the April 20 deadline, scoring may not be completed until closer to the time when classes start. If you do NOT have your results by the time you register, please register for the Writing for Professional Practice course; you can drop it later if you waive the course.

We look forward to working with each of you, and we are confident that you will find the Summer Bridge Program to be an exciting and productive foundation for your MSW education. If you have any questions about the Professional Writing Skills Assessment process, please contact Dr. Katherine Leith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can contact her, or Dr. Naomi Farber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have questions about the Advanced Standing Summer program, or about the MSW program in general.

MSW Dual Degrees

The College of Social Work participates in dual degree programs, making it possible for students to earn the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and another graduate degree in less time than would be necessary to complete the two degrees separately.

Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management (MSW/MPH)
Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (MSW/MPH)

The Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) degree is offered in conjunction with the USC Arnold School of Public Health. Graduates are prepared to improve the physical, psychological, and social health and well-being of the individuals and the communities in which they live by furthering their empowerment, autonomy and self-determination, as well as health-related, economic and social justice, through teaching, research, and service. The MSW degree program provides students with the competencies needed to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities. The MSW curriculum provides students with essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations. The requirements for the MSW portion of the dual degree are the same as for the standalone degree program though some courses do fulfill requirements for both degree programs, resulting in fewer semester hours to complete both degrees than if pursued separately. Those seeking the dual MSW/MPH degree must apply to and be accepted for graduate study independently by both the College of Social Work and the Arnold School of Public Health.

Master of Social Work / Master of Public Administration (MSW/MPA)

The Master of Social Work / Master of Public Administration (MSW/MPA) degree is offered in conjunction with the USC Department of Political Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduates are prepared to promote the health and well-being of increasingly diverse and often vulnerable populations across communities, the state, region, and nation by furthering enhanced and effective performance of government agencies, not-for-profit groups and other public affairs organization through teaching, research, and service. The MSW degree program provides students with the competencies needed to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities. The MSW curriculum provides students with essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations. The requirements for the MSW portion of the dual degree are the same as for the standalone degree program though some courses do fulfill requirements for both degree programs, resulting in fewer semester hours to complete both degrees than if pursued separately. Those seeking the dual MSW/MPA degree must apply to and be accepted for graduate study independently by the College of Social Work and by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Master of Social Work / Juris Doctor (MSW/JD)

The Master of Social Work / Juris Doctor (MSW/JD) degree is offered in conjunction with the USC School of Law. Graduates are prepared to promote a better understanding of and advocacy for the special needs of vulnerable populations within the legal system, across communities, the state, region, and nation by advancing economic and social justice, fighting oppression and discrimination, and furthering the protection and development of all people through teaching, research, and service. The MSW degree program provides students with the competencies needed to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities. The MSW curriculum provides students with essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations. The requirements for the MSW portion of the dual degree are the same as for the standalone degree program though some courses do fulfill requirements for both degree programs, resulting in fewer semester hours to complete both degrees than if pursued separately. Those seeking the dual MSW/JD degree must apply to and be accepted for graduate study independently by the College of Social Work and by the School of Law.

 

For information about the dual degree program students should contact:
Dr. Katherine Leith, Director, Certificate of Graduate Studies in Gerontology
Coordinator, Dual Degree Programs

College of Social Work
Hamilton College
Columbia, SC 29208
Telephone: 803.777.5291

Email for quickest response: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Korea-Based MSW Program 

한국어 기반 MSW 프로그램

MSW Korea program englishversion 1 16 1The MSW program in Korea is celebrating 20 years of success! Watch the CoSW anniversary wishes here.

The Master of Social Work program in Seoul, Korea, was developed in response to a request from Korean social workers who desired a master's degree, but whose life circumstances precluded their coming to the United States to study. Non-traditional working students are able to receive MSW degrees that would otherwise be unavailable to them from schools in the US. In addition, enrolling in the program in Korea is much less expensive for students.

Several Korean universities partner with the College of Social work to offer this degree program, including Kangnam University, Hallym University, Sookmyung Women’s University, Sungkyunkwan University, Namseoul University, and Korea Christian University.

The Korea-based program has consistently been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education as part of the reaffirmation process of the College’s regular MSW degree program. The Korea-based program is also evaluated by the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS) as part of its accreditation of the University of South Carolina. From 1992 to the present, there have been five required independent evaluations of the program as well as two on-site visits from the CSWE’s former Director of the Division of Standards and Accreditation.

This assessment process has included review of self-study documents and outcome data specific to the Korea-based program. The purpose of reaffirmation and reaccreditation is to ensure that students in the Korea-based program have parallel course content, similar resources and learning opportunities (libraries, equipment, field placements), and a program of equivalent quality to the Columbia-based MSW. Accommodations are made to allow for the need for translation and for differences in national and cultural contexts (e.g., different social welfare policies in South Korea, limited racial diversity).  Applicants to the Korea-based program must meet the same standards as those applying for the Columbia MSW program, with the exception of the TOEFL requirement. The Deans of the College have gone to Korea, as well as former Provost Jerry Odom, to talk with students, view classroom facilities and field agencies, and meet with community and other university representatives.

Program Graduates
Among the alumni are mid- and upper-level social work managers in South Korea and the United States, American active-duty military personnel, and PhD social work educators at Korean and American universities. A large number of graduates have been promoted within their organizations, and some have assumed leadership positions in other organizations. Several of the alumni have entered doctoral social work education programs in Korea and in the United States.

Structure of the Program
The Korean program is structured on the framework of the part-time MSW program.

Faculty from the University of South Carolina travel to Korea to teach courses on-site during the summer and in specially arranged schedules during the fall and spring semesters. Courses are taught during evenings and weekends in order to accommodate the needs of working students.

In addition to the regular classroom teacher, a Korean interpreter participates in each class. These interpreters, who hold master's and doctoral degrees in social work from United States schools, help ensure the correct meaning, cultural relevance, and appropriate application of the course content.

Field instruction is offered through the College's block placement format. Students are supervised by qualified instructors who hold the MSW degree from Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–accredited programs.

Several faculty from both countries have engaged in joint research projects, which have resulted in scholarly publications and papers presented at national and international conferences.

Contact information
Sung Seek Moon, MSW, PhD
Program Director
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MSW Korea program koreanversionMSW한국 프로그램이 성공적인 20주년을 맞이했습니다. 서울에서 진행되는 한국 MSW프로그램은, 사회복지석사학위 공부를 하고 싶지만 그들의 여러 가지 생활환경 때문에 미국에 올 수 없는 사회복지사들을 위해서 개발 되었습니다. 미국 학교에서 공부하고 싶지만 직장때문에 공부할 수 없었던 많은 직장인 들도 미국 대학에서 수여하는 MSW 학위를 받을 수 있게 되었습니다. 더불어, 학생들은 보다 낮은 등록금으로 한국프로그램에 등록을 할 수 있습니다.

강남대학교, 한림대, 숙명여대, 성균관대, 남서울대 그리고 한국기독대학교 에서 MSW 한국프로그램을 제공하기 위해 본교와 협력하고 있습니다.

본 프로그램은 대학의 정규 사회복지석사학위 과정으로 미국 사회복지교육협의회(Council on Social Work Education: CSWE)에 의해서 승인된 프로그램입니다. 또한 한국프로그램은 University of South Carolina 이 소속되어 있는 남부지역 대학연합회에 의해서 평가를 받고 있습니다. 1992년부터 현재까지 CSWE의 전임 담당 부서장에 의해서 본 프로그램에 대한 다섯 차례의 독립평가와, 두 차례의 현장 방문 평가가 이루워졌습니다. 자체 학습 자료들에 대한 검토와 한국프로그램의 구체적인 결과에 대한 데이터 들이 평가에 포함 되었습니다.

이와 같은 평가와 승인은 한국프로그램의 학생들이 본교의 프로그램과 동등한 학습내용, 비슷한 수준의 자원, 학습기회(도서관, 장비, 현장실습)들을 포함하고, Columbia 본교의 프로그램과 동등한 질을 유지하고 있다는 것을 입증합니다. 본 프로그램은 통역과 국가적, 문화정 배경의 차이점 (예, 사회복지 정책의 차이점, 한정된 인종적 다양성)의 필요성을 고려해서 진행됩니다. 한국프로그램의 지원자들은 토플을 제외하고, 입학에 있어서 본교의 지원자들에 적용되는 것과 동일한 기준사항을 충족해야 합니다. 사회복지대학의 전임, 현직 학장은 교실시설과 실습기관들을 직접확인하고 학생들과 소통하고 다른 커뮤니티와, 대학의 대표자들을 만나기 위해서 한국을 자주 방문 하고 있습니다.

졸업

졸업생들 중에는 미국과 한국의 사회복지분야의 상위 관리자, 미국 현지군인, 한국과 미국 대학에서의 사회복지 교수 그리고 기타 다른 기관에서 존경 받는 지도자들로 활약하고 있습니다. 또한 몇몇 동문들은 한국과 미국의 박사학위 과정에서 공부하고 있습니다.

프로그램의 구조

한국프로그램은 MSW프로그램의 파트타임 구조에 틀을 두었습니다. University of South Carolina의 교수님이 특별히 지정된 여름, 가을, 봄학기 스케줄에 따라 한국을 직접 방문하여 강의를 진행합니다. 직장인 학생들을 수용하기 위해서 강의는 오후시간이나 주말에 진행이 됩니다. 정식 강의자와 더불어 한국인 통역가가 각 수업에 참여합니다. 통역가들은 미국 대학에서 사회복지 석사, 혹은 박사학위를 이수한 사람들로서 정확한 의미전달과, 문화적 연관성 그리고 수업내용의 적절한 적용을 돕게 됩니다. 현장실습은 방학기간을 이용한 형식으로 진행되게 됩니다. 학생들은 사회복지교육협회에 의해 인정된 MSW를 가지고 있는 지도자에 의해서 수퍼비전을 받게 됩니다. 대학의 현장실습 관리자가 직접 현장실습을 감독하기 위해서 현장을 방문합니다.

Contact information
Sung Seek Moon, MSW, PhD
Program Director
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MSW Field Education


blythewood sherif practicumField experience is crucial to social work education and helps prepare social work students for social work practice. Through the field practicum at a variety of organizations, students apply their classroom knowledge to real-life situations, gaining the practical experience necessary to prepare them for careers in social work. For MSW students, the field practicum is a required course that they can complete concurrently with other courses during the academic year or during a summer block field practicum. More than 500 MSW students at USC have field practicums during each semester at a diverse array of organizations throughout the Southeast every year.

 

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