University of South Carolina Upstate

   CAST program established: 08/01/2010
   800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA

About University of South Carolina Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a public university in Valley Falls, South Carolina, near Spartanburg and with a Spartanburg postal address. Founded in 1967 and formerly known as University of South Carolina Spartanburg, the institution changed its name in the summer of 2004.

Frequently Asked Questions

In what department(s) or field(s) of study is your CAST program housed?


What is the nature of your CAST program? Is it a Major, Minor, Certificate program, or something else?

Minor and post graduate certificate

What CAST course delivery options exist at your institution (e.g. online, face-to-face, hybrid)?

Face-to-face, Hybrid and on-line

What are the enrollment requirements for your CAST program?

Any student from any discipline can declare the 21 credit minor.

What courses do you offer under your CAST programming?

CAST 301 Introduction to Maltreatment

CAST 401 Child Advocacy-Systems Response

CAST 402 Child Advocacy-Prevention and Intervention Strategies

CAST 499 Child Advocacy Internship

When are your CAST courses being offered?

All courses are offered in the Fall/Spring/Summer semesters.

What is enrollment like for your CAST program?

Currently, we have around 70 minors but growing daily.

Why do students need CAST?

Students often don’t realize what they will encounter in the field. These courses provide education and experiential learning that can used in many disciplines.

What makes your CAST program stand out?

I think of my CAST program as a family. I know my students and they know me. With the help of our CAST Club, we work together to promote advocacy and awareness on campus through events, speakers, and trainings. Our internship placements help students get hands on learning, network, and form connections in the field. We have over 25 local field sites for placements that play critical roles in serving children and families in the our community and often lead to employment upon graduation.

What are some career opportunities for your CAST graduates?

Many of our CAST graduates go on to work at our local Department of Social Services Agency. We also see many of our graduates go on to Graduate school for Social Work and Counseling.

Notable, upcoming CAST campus events?

Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking from the Attorney General’s Office

Where can students find more information about your CAST program?


Jodie Martin, MA, LPC
Director, Instructor for The Center for Child Advocacy Studies
[email protected]