The University of Southern California’s School of Social Work is changing its curriculum. While they aren’t changing classes, they are eliminating one single word. They say that they need to be less offensive and more inclusive. According to the university, it’s necessary to eliminate the word field from the curriculum. Instead of saying fieldwork, they will use the word practicum. That’s because the word field can have a negative impact on those from specific racial backgrounds or immigrants whose ancestors may have worked in a field. The Blaze says, “‘Language can be powerful, and phrases such as ‘going into the field’ or ‘field work’ may have connotations for descendants of slavery and immigrant workers that are not benign,’ the notice claims. The notice indicates that it is from the ‘Practicum Education Department’ and to the ‘USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Practicum Education Community, Faculty, Staff, and Students.’” [tweet_embed]January 13, 2023[/tweet_embed] The notice goes on to state how the school is working to align its behaviors and actions with anti-racist views. This heavily insinuates that the word field is now considered racist. As you can expect, that brought plenty of criticism. Per the NY Post, “One Twitter user wrote, “For someone who spent more than 7 years at USC with 2 graduate degrees from this institution, I am so embarrassed at what’s happening there. I wonder how much of my money they spent on coming up with this beneficial change.” Another ironically said that they are “making the world better one canceled phrase at a time. At the same time, someone else pointed out this is one way you can tell that the organization is overstaffed. I went to school for social work. My fieldwork was referenced as practicum and fieldwork throughout the curriculum. I don’t recall any non-white students being offended by that, and we were encouraged to speak up about things like that. So, before finishing this article, I called or messaged several non-white friends, and I have yet to find someone offended by it being called fieldwork.