Department of Social Change and Innovation
An overview of what to expect when pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) in the department of Social Change and Innovation (SCI) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
Social Change and Innovation (SCI, pronounced “sky”) focuses on designing social change and leading innovation. The curriculum prepares students to improve living conditions and work environments for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.
SCI students will acquire the knowledge and cultivate skills to lead and implement sustainable social change for good. Practicing in this field includes working with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities to influence the laws, legislation and institutional practices and policies that impact them.
Students in this department have flexibility in designing their career paths, and may pursue careers in nonprofit management, public affairs, community organizing, corporate social responsibility or human resources, among others. They may also become licensed clinical social workers specializing in employee assistance programs.
SCI provides students cross-disciplinary training that will inspire new ways of understanding and tackling social issues. Students are prepared to introduce, facilitate, and apply innovation while addressing society’s most pressing issues, including homelessness, human trafficking, diversity, inclusion, and equity, substance abuse and poverty.
(SCI) Department Areas of Interest