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Who We Are

History and Mission


The Benedict College Social Work Program began in 1963 as a program offering a minor in Human Services. In 1972, the program applied for accreditation under the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  The program moved into the candidacy phase in 1974, and in 1981 we became the first HBCU Social Work Program in South Carolina to be fully CSWE accredited.


The mission of the Benedict College Social Work Program is to provide comprehensive preparation for competent and ethical entry level social work practice and/or graduate education.  The program includes; 1.) a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and the generalist perspective, and 2.) an emphasis on diversity, global awareness, and social justice, and 3.) service to the profession and the local community. 

Benedict College Social Work

(803) 705-4623

Fax: (803) 705-7079

1600 Harden St, Columbia, SC 29204, USA

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