Social Work Minor

A minor in social work will give you insight into helping people enhance their well-being. Learning social work theories and principles can help you make a difference, whether your primary studies are in education, the health sciences or another area.

The social work minor is open to undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina and introduces you to the knowledge, values and skills of social work. In addition, you may use the social work minor in collaboration with several majors to enhance career opportunities and serve as preparation for graduate study.

Minor Requirements (18 hours)

You must complete 18 hours of coursework to earn a minor in social work — six hours of required coursework and 12 hours of electives.

Required Courses (6 hours)

Course Title Credits
Required Courses:
SOWK 201Introduction to Social Work3
SOWK 222Social Welfare Policies and Programs3
Total Credit Hours6

Minor Electives (12 hours)

Course Title Credits
Complete 12 credit hours in courses such as the following:12
Social Work With Children, Youth, and Families
Social Work With Older Adults and Families
Gender, Race and Social Justice
Global Inequalities and Social Justice
Life Transitions: Loss and Grief
Social Policy Analysis
Diversity and Social Justice in Contemporary Society
Theories for Understanding Individuals, Families, and Groups
Social Work and Scientific Inquiry
Refuge and Refugees
Special Topics in Social Work
Independent Study
Current Issues in Social Welfare
Total Credit Hours12

Please visit the Social Work Minor website for more information.