Social Work

Degree Type
Associate of Arts

Program Description

The Social Work Associate of Arts degree will prepare students with foundational information in the field of Social Work and is designed for those who plan to transfer to a four-year institution for a Bachelor's in Social Work (BSW) or related field. Social work practice consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services; and participating in legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; social and economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interaction of all these factors.  

Social Work is an excellent career choice for those who care about human dignity and social justice. The field is just as diverse as the individuals, families, and communities being served. 

The Social Work program offers maximum transferability. The 30-credit general education core offers courses that transfer to Pennsylvania State System Higher Education (PASSHE) universities and other local colleges and universities. Students completing the A.A. degree in Social Work will be able to transfer the equivalent of the first two years of a bachelor's degree to any one of the fourteen four-year universities in the PASSHE system and complete the remainder of the degree program with two more years of full time study.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be prepared for transfer to a four-year college or university.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the knowledge and values of the Social Work profession at the introductory level.
  2. Identify the values of the Social Work Profession.
  3. Identify values of culturally competent social work at the introductory level, which promotes the strength and well-being of diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  4. Assess lifespan development in a multicultural context, and the significance of intersections of people and their environments.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Social Work Associate of Arts degree, students must:

  • Matriculate in the program;
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements of the degree.
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Students are encouraged to take the courses in their suggested sequence. Students are also encouraged to meet with their Faculty Advisor to determine the pre-requisites and co-requisites prior to registering for elective courses.

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