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Social Work and Human Services, Associate in Arts for Transfer

Banner Code: 3_AAT_SWHS

Financial Aid Eligible

Prepares student for transfer and for work in the social work and human services field.  Social work and human services is an applied behavioral science that emphasizes the application of behavioral science principles in a variety of cultural contexts. Social work and human services students are expected to think critically and scientifically about behavior, to apply the principles of the behavioral sciences, and to understand the role of values in diverse cultural settings. As a profession, social work and human services focuses on methods for helping people from many different social groups to improve the quality of their lives. 

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are open to all Coastline students. Students who do not plan on transferring to a California State University school should consult their Counselor regarding the benefits of an AA-T/AS-T degree based on their goals. Students earning an AA-T or AS-T and intending on transferring to a California State University school receive transfer admission benefits for specific majors at many California State University campuses. Visit the Transfer Information catalog page for more information.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the values, ethical standards and principles of social work and human services to describe how they may guide fieldwork experience and future employment.
  2. Analyze, formulate, and influence social policies within the fields of social work and human services.
  3. Employ ethical principles of the field of social work and human services to guide fieldwork experience and future professional practice.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence within Coast Colleges (Coastline College, Golden West College, and/or Orange Coast College).
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).
Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
HSVC C100Introduction to Human Services3
Human Services Seminar
and Human Services Field Studies
SOC C100Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC C100Introduction to Psychology3
MATH C160Introduction to Statistics4
BIOL C220Human Anatomy4-5
or BIOL C225 Human Physiology
ECON C170Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON C175 Principles of Macroeconomics
List A
Select 2 courses from the following6
Cultural Anthropology
Child Growth and Development
Family, School, and Community Partnerships
Intercultural Communication
Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing
United States History to 1876
United States History since 1876
Abnormal Psychology
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Analysis of Social Problems
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
Total Units for the Major29-30
CSU General Education or IGETC pattern37-39
Transfer Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable unitsVaries
Total Units60