Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

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.

Program Outcomes

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.

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Second Semester (15 credits)

SWO 210 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment3
ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
COMM 111 - Public Speaking3
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
HIS Elective: HIS 110 or higher (HIS 110 recommended) (3 credits)

Third Semester (16 credits)

SWO 220 - Social Welfare Policy3
BIO 100 - Biological Sciences4
PHI 110 - Contemporary Moral Problems3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
PSY 225 - Experiences in Diversity3
SOC 215 - Experiences in Diversity3
POL Elective: POL 120 or higher (POL 120 recommended) (3 credits)

Fourth Semester (16 credits)

MAT 210 - Statistics3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
PSY 203 - Counseling Skills3
SWO 203 - Counseling Skills3
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