Professional Studies AS – Social Work Option

Code: AS.PS.SOC.WK

The Associate in Science (AS) Degree in Professional Studies, Social Work Option is designed to be a transfer program and to train students for entry level positions in a variety of human and social service fields such as gerontology, domestic violence, residential care, developmental disability, child care, substance abuse, and juvenile justice.  Through theoretical and experiential based learning, this program will provide students with competencies for assessment, advocacy, and intervention with individuals, small groups, and community organizations.  Such skills are fundamental to the human services field.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Define the roles of the human services and social work professional.
  • Understand the nature of human systems: individual, groups, organization, community and society, and their major interactions, and how these systems interact in producing human problems.
  • Explain the conditions which promote or limit optimal functioning and types of deviations from desired functioning in the major human systems (i.e., racism, sexism, and classism).
  • Understand human needs in contemporary society and the social supports necessary in meeting those needs.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate interventions which promote growth and goal attainment.
  • Apply basic level counseling and advocacy skills to typical problems encountered by a cross‐section of populations at risk.
  • Apply theoretical concepts and practical skills in human service agencies under the supervision of senior level practitioners and administrators.
  • Define the roles and functions of service agencies in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice, rehabilitation, mental health, and aging.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective* 3-4
  Humanities Elective* 3
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

SOC-102Introduction to Human Services

3

SOC-103Sociology of the Family

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective*  3
PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

SOC-113Social Problems

3

SOC-463Co-Op Work Experience [Sociology]

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Electives* 6
  Free Electives** 3-6
SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

-or

SOC-121The Changing Roles of Women

3

Total Credit Hours:16-19

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN)

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science:

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:11-12

Additional General Education Elective*

If needed to reach the Foundation minimum of 30-32 credits, one of the general education courses listed below under "Program Requirements" can be applied here.

Total Credit Hours:0-3

Total Credit Hours: 30-32

Program Support Requirements

  Humanities Electives – three general education courses to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN) 9

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science:

PSY-101General Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Program Requirements

PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

SOC-102Introduction to Human Services

3

SOC-103Sociology of the Family

3

SOC-113Social Problems

3

SOC-222Ethnic-Minor Group Relations

3

-or

SOC-121The Changing Roles of Women

3

SOC-463Co-Op Work Experience [Sociology]

3

Total Credit Hours: 15-18

Free Electives**

Total Credit Hours: 3-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Social Science elective.