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Social Work and Human Services, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner Code: 2_AAT_SWHS

Control Number: 42148

Financial Aid Eligible

The Social Work and Human Services Associate of Arts for Transfer is designed for students seeking to enter helping professions, local county and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and private providers of service. This program is appropriate for individuals seeking entry-level positions as behavior management aides, child advocates, child care workers, and group counselors. The degree is also a pathway to four-year university bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or a related field. The program allows for students to gain foundational theoretical knowledge and practical experience to prepare for advanced study in fields that serve the general population in social welfare settings. Students completing this degree will be well prepared for entry level positions in social welfare, behavioral therapy, and social work, and advanced training and education in social work, counseling, therapy, or work within related medical personnel fields.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply theoretical perspectives, legal and ethical principles, and social issues related to client populations within Social Work and Human Services fields.
  2. Develop professional skills and cultural competencies as a foundation for success in the fields of Social Work and Human Services.
  3. Analyze societal factors that create and contribute to social service needs.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Core
SWHS G110Introduction to Social Work and Human Services3
SWHS G120Seminar in Social Work and Human Services1
SWHS G121Fieldwork in Social Work and Human Services2
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics3-4
or PSYC G140 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
or ECON G160 Statistics for Business and Economics
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
or BIOL G225 Human Physiology
or BIOL G221 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON G175 Principles of Macroeconomics
List A6-7
CJ G140Introduction to Criminal Justice3
ANTH G100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
CMST G255Intercultural Communication3
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
HIST G175History of the United States Since 18763
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
HLED G107Drugs, Health, and Society3
SOC G111Social Justice and U.S. Ethnic Communities3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
SOC G133Introduction to Race and Ethnicity3
SOC G110Introduction To Marriage And The Family3
Major Total28-30
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted13-22
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)4-17
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
SWHS G110Introduction to Social Work and Human Services3
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
CMST G100Interpersonal Communication3
or CMST G110 Public Speaking
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course (COUN G104 or COUN G153 recommended)3
Course Title Units
Semester 2
SWHS G120Seminar in Social Work and Human Services1
SWHS G121Fieldwork in Social Work and Human Services2
PSYC G140Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (recommended)4
or MATH G160 Introduction To Statistics
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
Area C1: Arts course3

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
ECON G170Principles of Microeconomics3
BIOL G221Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
CMST G255Intercultural Communication3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Course Title Units
Semester 4
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Area B1: Physical Science course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units5-6
Total minimum units required60