Social Work, Associate in Arts
Effective: Fall, 2016
The Social Work Associate in Arts curriculum was developed to meet the needs of current and prospective students interested in transferring to a college or university and eventually earning a Bachelor in Social Work degree. The curriculum provides students with the introductory-level knowledge in the field of social work study and supports a seamless transfer to the junior level status at a four-year college or university offering a Council of Social Work Education-Accredited Bachelor in Social Work degree (BSW).
Social Workers serve some of the most vulnerable populations; therefore this degree addresses the significant history, policies, theories and applied practices utilized when working with marginalized individuals, families, groups and communities. Social Workers use a person and environment construct that views human challenges through a diverse, multi-systemic lens. An overarching goal of the program is to prepare students to demonstrate the basic knowledge, values and skills that are required of a beginning social work practitioner.
Various transfer institutions require differing elective courses; therefore students are highly encouraged to work closely with a transfer counselor, from the DCCC Career and Counseling Center, to ensure a seamless transfer process to a four-year institution.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate self-awareness of who one is and why one is choosing to pursue the profession of social work.
- Understand and apply the knowledge, values and skills of the Social Work Profession at the introductory level.
- Identify the historical development of the knowledge and values of the Social Work profession at the introductory level.
- Analyze the impact of key societal systems that have supported the systemic devaluation of and discrimination toward certain groups in our society.
- Describe the relationship between the knowledge and values of a culturally competent social worker at the introductory level.
- Demonstrate the introductory level skills necessary to work from a strengths perspective with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
- Identify and explain the concepts, assumptions and critiques of developmental theories, especially related to experiences at the intersection of people and their environments, within a multicultural context.
First Semester (15-16 credits)
Second Semester (15 credits)
|HIS Elective: HIS 110 or higher (HIS 110 recommended) (3 credits)|
Third Semester (16 credits)
|POL Elective: POL 120 or higher (POL 120 recommended) (3 credits)|
Fourth Semester (16 credits)
|Science Elective/Laboratory Science (4 credits)|
|Humanities Elective (Literature or Foreign Language) (3 credits)|
|Social Science Elective (3 credits)|
Social Science Elective (3 credits) See Advisor/Counselor.
Total Credits: 62-63
Social Work, AA-09/2013 to present