Academic Catalog

Social Work, Associate in Arts (SWO)

Department website: https://www.dccc.edu/academics/academic-divisions/business-computing-social-science/social-work

Effective: Fall 2016

The Social Work Associate in Arts curriculum was developed to meet the needs of current and prospective students interested in transferring to a college or university and eventually earning a Bachelor in Social Work degree. The curriculum provides students with the introductory-level knowledge in the field of social work study and supports a seamless transfer to the junior level status at a four-year college or university offering a Council of Social Work Education-Accredited Bachelor in Social Work degree (BSW).

Social Workers serve some of the most vulnerable populations; therefore this degree addresses the significant history, policies, theories and applied practices utilized when working with marginalized individuals, families, groups and communities. Social Workers use a person and environment construct that views human challenges through a diverse, multi-systemic lens. An overarching goal of the program is to prepare students to demonstrate the basic knowledge, values and skills that are required of a beginning social work practitioner.

Various transfer institutions require differing elective courses; therefore students are highly encouraged to work closely with a transfer counselor, from the DCCC Career and Counseling Center, to ensure a seamless transfer process to a four-year institution.

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-awareness of who one is and why one is choosing to pursue the profession of social work.
  • Understand and apply the knowledge, values and skills of the Social Work Profession at the introductory level.
  • Identify the historical development of the knowledge and values of the Social Work profession at the introductory level.
  • Analyze the impact of key societal systems that have supported the systemic devaluation of and discrimination toward certain groups in our society.
  • Describe the relationship between the knowledge and values of a culturally competent social worker at the introductory level.
  • Demonstrate the introductory level skills necessary to work from a strengths perspective with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Identify and explain the concepts, assumptions and critiques of developmental theories, especially related to experiences at the intersection of people and their environments, within a multicultural context.

The College Transfer Office is set up to help Delaware County Community College students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. If you are planning to transfer, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a transfer advisor within your first two semesters (or before you reach 30 transferable college credits from all institutions attended).

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
CS 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
PSY 140 General Psychology 3
MAT 121
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
or College Algebra
3-4
SWO/HUS 101 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services 3
 Hours15-16
Second Semester
SWO 210 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
COMM 111 Public Speaking 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
HIS 110 American History I (recommended; or higher HIS) 3
 Hours15
Third Semester
SWO 220 Social Welfare Policy 3
BIO 100 Biological Sciences 4
PHI 110 Contemporary Moral Problems 3
PSY 225/SOC 215 Experiences in Diversity 3
POL 120 American National Government (recommended; or higher POL) 3
 Hours16
Fourth Semester
MAT 210 Statistics 3
PSY/SWO 203 Counseling Skills 3
Science Elective/Laboratory Science 4
Humanities Elective (Literature or Foreign Language) 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Hours16
 Total Hours62-63

Notes

Humanities Elective - Transfer Program

This list does not indicate College Academic Learning Goal designation.  Refer to your program curriculum for more information.

For college transfer curricula1:

Courses listed under subjects:
ART 100Art and Child Development (or above)3
COMM 100Interpersonal Communication (or above)3
ENG 112English Composition II: Writing About Literature (or above)3
HUM 100Introduction to Visual Arts (or above)3
MUS 101Fundamentals of Music (or above)3
PHI 100Introduction to Philosophy (or above)3
Foreign Languages:
FRE 101Elementary French I (or above)3
GER 101Elementary German I (or above)3
ITA 101Elementary Italian I (or above)3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish I (or above)3
1

The elective courses listed for transfer curricula are generally transferable to most institutions. However, depending on the program at the transfer institution, the courses may only be accepted as free electives. Be sure to meet with a transfer advisor when planning to transfer.

Social Science Electives - Transfer Program

This list does not indicate College Academic Learning Goal designation.  Refer to your program curriculum for more information.

For college transfer curricula1:

ADJ 240Criminology3
ADJ 260Corrections-Probation-Parole3
ECO 210Macroeconomic Principles3
ECO 220Microeconomic Principles3
EDU 110Introduction to Teaching (or above)3
HIS 110American History I (or above)3
INT 100Student Success3
POL 110Introduction to Political Science (or above)3
PSY 130Personal and Career Development (or above)3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (or above)3
SWO 101Introduction to Social Work and Human Services (or above)3
1

The elective courses listed for transfer curricula are generally transferable to most institutions. However, depending on the program at the transfer institution, the courses may only be accepted as free electives. Be sure to meet with a transfer advisor when planning to transfer.

See Advisor/Counselor.

HYBRID DEGREE (online* and classroom)

85% online

The following courses may not be available online:

Classroom Only
COMM 111Public Speaking3
BIO 100Biological Sciences4
PSY/SWO 203Counseling Skills3
Science Elective/Laboratory Science4
*

Some online courses have field requirements or in person/proctored testing.  Online courses with these requirements have additional information posted under the COURSE DESCRIPTION section when you are registering.  Please make a note of it during registration.