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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Social Work

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Social Work provides the first two years of a four year curriculum for students intending to transfer into a baccalaureate program to earn a Bachelor of Social Work. With a Bachelor of Social Work, students can receive their Master Social Work in one year (advanced standing) which is the required minimum education for the following career fields: Clinical/Psychotherapy and Policy Administration and Community Practice.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8117
Total Credits Required
60-75
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Apply a foundational understanding of evidence based social work practice with individuals, families, groups, community and social action groups.
  2. Demonstrate self-awareness and explain the implications of one`s own personal, cultural values, beliefs and biases toward groups that are different than one`s self.
  3. Practice self-care techniques that promote health, wellness, work-life balance and longevity in the field.
  4. Employ social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

$36,570

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$53,010

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
SWU171 Introduction to Social Welfare Critical course Gateway course H, SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
PSY101 or
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology SB 3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
Cultural Diversity or Language Any 101 Level Language Course 3–5
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 0–3
SWU182 or
POS110
A Social Services Perspective of Government or American National Government SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
MAT14+ Any MAT14+ Course MA 3–6
SWU183 or
PHI101 or
PHI105
Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Ethics HU 3
Language Any 102 Level Language Course 0–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SWU181 or
ECN211
Economics: A Social Issues Perspective or Macroeconomic Principles SB 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Recommend SWU225 3
Cultural Diversity or Language Cultural Diversity 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) 3–5
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 Area Credits
SWU295 Effective Helping in a Diverse World Course carries C and SB values and meets ASU Cultural Sequence #3 C, SB 3
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
Language Cultural Diversity or 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) 0–5
SQ
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks 3
Elective Elective Recommend SWU130 or SWU250 or SWU258. 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Recommend selecting a course that satisfies L and COM or L and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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 Area Credits
SWU171 Introduction to Social Welfare Critical course Gateway course H, SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SWU182 or
POS110
A Social Services Perspective of Government or American National Government SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 or
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology SB 3
MAT14+ Any MAT14+ Course Critical course MA 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SWU183 or
PHI101 or
PHI105
Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective or Introduction to Philosophy or Introduction to Ethics HU 3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SWU181 or
ECN211
Economics: A Social Issues Perspective or Macroeconomic Principles SB 3
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications Recommend SWU225 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SWU291 Social Service Delivery Systems 3
Cultural Diversity or Language Cultural Diversity OR Any 101 Level Language Course 3–5

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SWU295 Effective Helping in a Diverse World 3
Cultural Diversity or Language Any 102 Level Language Course 0–5

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SG or SQ Natural Sciences 4
Language Cultural Diversity or any 201 Level Language Course 3–5

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
Interdisciplinary Requirement Interdisciplinary Requirement 3
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 0–5

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Elective Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor for more information. Recommend SWU130 or SWU250 or SWU258. 0–3
SQ Any SQ Natural Sciences course 4
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry 3

Interdisciplinary Requirement Tracks:

Students must choose two classes from at least two of the three area tracks:

Interdisciplinary Requirement Track One:

AJS101 Introduction To Criminal Justice or
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures or
AJS225 Criminology or
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law or
AJS270 Community Relations

Interdisciplinary Requirement Track Two:

PAD100 21st Century Public Policy and Service or
PAD200 Public Affairs Economics

Interdisciplinary Requirement Track Three:

REC120 Leisure and the Quality of Life

Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

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

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Social Work (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134042).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019