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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.
Any student from any discipline can declare the 21 credit minor.
CAST 301 Introduction to Maltreatment
CAST 401 Child Advocacy-Systems Response
CAST 402 Child Advocacy-Prevention and Intervention Strategies
CAST 499 Child Advocacy Internship
All courses are offered in the Fall/Spring/Summer semesters.
Currently, we have around 70 minors but growing daily.
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.
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.
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.
Guest Speaker on Human Trafficking from the Attorney General’s Office