Many of our graduates go on to pursue an advanced degree but after graduation, you will be able to immediately pursue a career in social work. If you wish to pursue other areas of Social Work after graduation, you may pursue work and degrees in law, public administration, and education.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs
In 2019-2020, 100% of Social Work majors were accepted to MSW programs.
After graduation, you are eligible for advanced standing status at many Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs, including the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University. Admission with advanced standing means you will be exempt from the first year of a two-year graduate program.
- USC Advanced Standing Program
- Winthrop Advanced Standing Program
- North Carolina Central University Advanced Standing Program
- Medical Social Work (Hospital Social Worker, Hospice Social Worker, Home Health Social Worker, Nursing Home Social Worker, Dialysis Social Worker, Children's Hospital Social Worker, Cancer Center Social Worker, Palliative Care Social Worker)
- Veterans Affairs Social Worker (Readjustment Counselor, Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker, Acute Care Social Worker, Clinical Social Worker - these are just some of the opportunities)
- Mental Health/Psychiatric Social Worker (Inpatient & Outpatient)
- Mental Health/Psychiatric Counselor
- Early Childhood Social Worker
- Gerontological Social Worker
- Juvenile Justice/Prison Social Worker
- Program Coordinator at any number of state agencies or non-profits
- Advocacy Social Worker - Victims Advocate, Family Advocate, Community Health Advocate, Community Advocacy
- Counseling (private practice or in various settings) - addictions counseling, behavioral health counseling, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, etc. Counseling requires state licensure.
Social Work Areas of Study
The Social Work degree course requirements are identical for undergraduate and evening program students. Learn about the classes we offer and areas you can focus on when you study social work.
Major Course Requirements
Columbia College is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Child Welfare Certification
The Division of Social Sciences also offers a certificate in Child Welfare for students interested in working with vulnerable children and families. In order to qualify for certification you will be required to take two courses in child welfare and maintain at least a 3.0 in those courses.
Although not required to receive the certificate, Social Work students who complete a field placement in a child welfare unit at a South Carolina Department of Social Services office will be recognized on the certificate as having met this field experience.
- Program Assessments
Program Assessment 2021-2022
Program Assessment 2020-2021
Program Assessment 2018-2019
Program Assessment 2017-2018
Program Assessment 2016-2017
Program Assessment 2015-2016
Program Assessment 2014-2015
Program Assessment 2013-2014
Program Assessment 2012-2013