Sample Courses

Sample Courses

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Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Columbia School of Social Work has been a leader in social work education and research since 1898. It joins rigorous academic theory with real-world practice to enhance the welfare of citizens and communities in New York City, the nation, and around the world.

Rigorous Coursework

At Columbia, students have a chance to learn the latest in social work practice from our leading research faculty as well as top professionals working in the field today.


Personalized Degree

With 28 different degree options, Columbia offers students the opportunity to design an education that prepares them for the field of work they want to make a difference in.

Degree Options

Diverse Course Offerings

Our course offerings reflect the breadth and depth of research initiatives housed here at the school.

Sample Courses

Professional, Hands-On Training

Students benefit from our long-standing and vast network of partnerships—800 and counting—with social service organizations, including hospitals, courts, substance abuse clinics, prisons, international governmental organizations, and community health clinics.

Our students practice and train with diverse populations, under the supervision of some of the very best practitioners in the country.

Stories from the Field: Michele Gehr (CSSW '15) tells us about her field placement.
Michele Gehr (CSSW '15) tells us how she made a difference during her field placement at a school in the South Bronx, in one of the toughest schools in the country.
What is it like to work in the field as a Columbia social work student?
Field is intense--but our students invariably find it rewarding. A couple of them provide testimonials.
How Are You Changing Lives? Marsha Smith (MS'14)
Just before graduation in May 2014, CSSW student Marsha Smith recounted her efforts to change the lives of elderly residents for the better at her first-year field placement, despite the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.