Our Social Work Degree Programs
Next Start Date:
January 11, 2021 (All Programs)
Different from psychology and counseling, social work addresses societal problems, such as racism and injustice, as well as individual and family problems. Our social work major gives you the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, and skills necessary for generalist practice. The major builds upon the liberal arts base required for all students while the major courses address such areas as ethics, human behavior, social policy, social work practice (assessment, interviewing, intervention) and research.
- All students have the opportunity to pursue field experience tailed to individual students' interests
- We have an informal peer mentoring system between upperclass and new students in the major
- Social work majors develop and deliver community outreach programs, such as a Back to School Bash/school supply drive for neighborhood children
- Majors participate in campus awareness/support programs such as the Clothesline Project for domestic and other types of abuse.
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
- Social Work, B.A. (Undergraduate & Evening Programs)
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.