Associate in Arts Social Work Emphasis

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You’ve always been one to lend a helping hand, and now you want to make a career of providing human aid or advocating for social justice. Social work involves counseling adults, children, and families with the goal of improving their social and psychological function; providing therapy to individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems; and connecting people in need with social services and charitable assistance.

MCC’s social work coursework can lead to an empowering career that will allow you to make a difference in many lives. Get started on this challenging and rewarding pathway today.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
62–79
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
BSW (Bachelor of Social Work)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Apply a foundational understanding of evidence-based social work practice with individuals, families, groups, community and social action groups.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and explain the implications of one’s own personal, cultural values, beliefs and biases toward groups that are different than oneself.
  • Practice self-care techniques that promote health, wellness, work-life balance, and longevity in the field.
  • Employ social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. 
  • Interpret and apply understanding of history and policy as it relates to social work to address social justice and economic well-being and the delivery of effective social work services.
  • Engage clients using culturally responsive communication skills differentially across diverse and vulnerable client populations and communities to build trust, relationship, and rapport toward mutually agreed-upon change.
  • Demonstrate professional writing skills using clear documentation and accurate reports, visual presentations and use of technology skills to enhance effective case management to accomplish competency-based goals. 
  • Conduct evidence-based assessments to develop and evaluate social work practice intervention plans with input from one’s own profession as well as multidisciplinary teams.
  • Identify and differentiate between facts, opinion, assumption, hypothesis, and conclusions to explain the impact of institutional racism, sexism, and ageism on clients, communities, and social work practice.
  • Use the various roles of case management such as knowledge of community resources, broker, advocate, networking and referral to inform social work practice.          

Career Opportunities

A degree in social work provides near-endless career opportunities in the public and private sectors, including roles in health care, government programs, nonprofit organizations, substance abuse programs, child welfare agencies, corrections, and more.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Child, Family, and School Social Workers $36,640
Community Health Workers $35,120
Healthcare Social Workers $39,930
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $35,340
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $55,280
Social and Community Service Managers $58,400
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-22
SWU171 Introduction to Social Welfare Critical course Gateway course Course carries H, SB Values 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
PSY101 or
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology Course carries SB Value 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication 0–3
ASU Interdiscipline ASU Interdisciplinary Requirement #1 Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
Cultural Diversity or Language ASU Cultural Diversity Sequence # 1 or any 101 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) 3–4
CPD150 Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-20
SWU182 or
POS110
A Social Services Perspective of Government or American National Government Course carries SB Value 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking If testing out of CRE101, complete COM225 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4
SWU183 or
PHI101 or
PHI105
Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Ethics Course carries HU Value 3
Language Any 102 Level Language Course 0–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-17
SWU181 or
ECN211
Economics: A Social Issues Perspective or Macroeconomic Principles ECN211 carries SB Value 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Recommend SWU225 3
Cultural Diversity or Language ASU Cultural Diversity Sequence #2 or any 201 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) 3–4
SWU291 Social Service Delivery Systems 3
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-20
SWU295 Effective Helping in a Diverse World Course carries C and SB values and meets ASU Cultural Sequence #3 3
HU & C Humanities, Arts, and Design Area and Cultural Awareness area Course 3
Language Any 202 Level Language Course Cultures or Language: Completion of three courses in cultural diversity or Completion of a language courses at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent) 0–4
SQ Natural Sciences SQ Course 4
ASU Interdiscipline ASU Interdisciplinary Requirement #2 Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
General Elective General Elective Recommend SWU130 or SWU250 or SWU258.
SWU250 carries the SB value.
SWU258 carries the SB and C values.
3
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-9
SWU171 Introduction to Social Welfare Course carries H & SB Values 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CPD150 Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SWU182 or
POS110
A Social Services Perspective of Government or American National Government Course carries SB Value 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
PSY101 or
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology Course carries SB Value 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics 3–4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CRE101 or
COM225
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking If testing out of CRE101, complete COM225 3
SWU183 or
PHI101 or
PHI105
Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Ethics Course carries HU Value 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3-6
SWU181 or
ECN211
Economics: A Social Issues Perspective or Macroeconomic Principles ECN211 carries SB Value 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Small Group Communication Course carries SB Value 0–3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Recommend SWU225 3
SWU291 Social Service Delivery Systems 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-7
Cultural Diversity or Language ASU Cultural Diversity sequence #1 or any 101 Level Language Course 3–4
SWU295 Effective Helping in a Diverse World Course carries C, SB values and meets ASU Cultural Sequence #3 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4
Language ASU Cultural Diversity Sequence #2 or 102 Level Language Course 3–4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-10
HU & C Humanities, Arts, and Design Area and Cultural Awareness area Course 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course 0–4
Elective Elective Course Recommend SWU130 or SWU250 or SWU258.
SWU250 carries the SB value.
SWU258 carries the SB and C values.
3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
ASU Interdiscipline ASU Interdisciplinary Requirement #1 3
SQ Any SQ Natural Sciences course 4

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.