Kids in Military Families at Higher Risk for Variety of Problems

Growing up in a military family during times of war puts a sizable proportion of children at a greater risk for a wide range of negative outcomes – drug use, being bullied or carrying a weapon to school – compared to their nonmilitary peers, according to a new study by USC researchers.

School Launches New Online Nursing Degree Program

The USC School of Social Work is launching a new online nursing degree program, addressing health care needs in the context of society by offering a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for aspiring family nurse practitioners (FNPs). Graduates will help meet the increasing nationwide demand for advanced practice nurses in primary care settings.

School's Commitment to Racial Justice

The USC School of Social Work is dedicated to eliminating racial injustice and promoting an ongoing healing and reconciliation process to dismantle racism. This commitment is rooted in the belief that all members of our community are valued and needed to further the human rights and social justice mission of the school and our profession.

Taking a Cue from the Business World

While business schools regularly employ the fast pitch as an exercise in how to raise money for entrepreneurial pursuits, such an event at a school of social work is virtually unheard of. Our educators are changing that – for the greater good. This year's fast pitch winner was a mobile application designed to ease the integration of unaccompanied migrant children into U.S. schools.

Experiencing Cuba

Professor Wendy Smith recently visited Cuba on an educational mission organized by Rep. Karen Bass, MSW '15, to learn about the country's child welfare and juvenile justice systems, as well as its culture and people. See and hear about what she learned, including the strong sense of community that makes foster care a much different practice than in the United States, in her own words and photos.


Department of Adults and Healthy Aging

Our Department of Adults and Healthy Aging focuses on the mental health and physical well-being of all adults. Areas of study include wellness, substance abuse, behavioral health and the Affordable Care Act.


Steven Kim, MSW ’06, understands the importance of family. That's why he created Project Kinship, which works to reintegrate former gang members -- like himself -- and the incarcerated back into the community.


Natasha Cole, MSW '15, earned her degree with the help of the Barbara Solomon Scholarship, awarded to African-American students with an express interest in working with the African-American community.