What You'll Learn

Different from psychology and counseling, social work addresses societal problems, such as racism and injustice, as well as individual and family problems.

The Columbia College social work major offers 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. The combination has proved to be a successful mix for our social work graduates to successful pursue careers in Social Work.

Career Opportunities

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.

The Columbia College Difference

The social work major at Columbia College is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for both baccalaureate and masters level social work 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.

Additional Course Options

Child Welfare Certification

The Division of Behavioral Studies and Human Inquiry 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.