Curriculum and Field Education

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work curriculum is designed to produce social workers prepared for present and future challenges. Students need to have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for emerging 21st-century jobs and social work careers. The curriculum features evidence-based practice training as well as valuable hands-on practical experience through field internships.

Departments of Study

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Adult Mental Health and Wellness

Focuses on designing social change and leading innovation for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

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Children, Youth and Families

Prepares students to improve the lives and well-being of children, youth and their families within agencies, institutions, communities, families and other social and organizational contexts.

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Social Change and Innovation

Focuses on designing social change and leading innovation for individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities on a larger scale.

Special Tracks

Field Placement

Field Education is an independent and integral sequence of the MSW curriculum. Students are exposed to selected and organized internship opportunities guided by the Educational Policy and Educational Standards (EPAS) and the 9 Core Competencies of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Field Education seeks to apply, and integrate the knowledge, theories and concepts of social work practice learned throughout the curriculum.