Associate in Arts, Social Work

The Associate in Arts (AA), 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.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Apply a foundational understanding of evidence based social work practice with individuals, families, groups, community and social action groups. (SWU130, SWU171, SWU181, SWU225, SWU250, SWU258, SWU282++, SWU291, PAD200)
  • 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. (SWU130, SWU171, SWU181, SWU225, SWU250, SWU258, SWU282++, SWU291, SWU295, CRE101, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, [FYC], [HU], (COM))
  • Practice self-care techniques that promote health, wellness, work-life balance and longevity in the field. (PHI101, PHI105, SWU130, SWU183, SWU250, SWU258, SWU282++, SWU291, REC120)
  • Employ social work ethical principles to guide professional practice. (SWU130, SWU171, SWU225, SWU250, SWU258, SWU291, SWU295, AJS212, [HU])
  • 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. (SWU130, SWU171, SWU181, SWU250, SWU258, SWU295, ECN211, PAD100, POS110, PAD200)
  • 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. (SWU130, SWU250, SWU258, SWU295, AJS270, CRE101, SOC101, [FYC], [HU], (COM))
  • 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.(SWU291, SWU295, [FYC], [SG], [SQ], CRE101)
  • 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. (SWU291, SWU295, AJS270, PAD100, PAD200,[MA])
  • 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. (SWU130, SWU171, SWU181, SWU225, SWU250, SWU258, SWU295, AJS225, AJS270, ECN211, PAD100, PAD200, PSY101, SOC101, [HU], [MA], [SG], [SQ], CRE101)
  • Use the various roles of case management such as knowledge of community resources, broker, advocate, networking and referral to inform social work practice. (SWU130, SWU250, SWU258, AJS212, AJS270)


Major Code: 
Associate in Arts, Social Work
Total credits required: 
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
SWU171Introduction to Social Welfare3
SWU291Social Service Delivery Systems3
SWU295Effective Helping in a Diverse World3
SWU181Economics: A Social Issues Perspective (3) OR
ECN211Macroeconomic Principles (3)3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)3
SWU182A Social Services Perspective of Government (3) OR
POS110American National Government (3)3
SWU183Introductory Ethics: A Social Service Perspective (3) OR
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy (3) OR
PHI105Introduction to Ethics (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Complete all courses in the subplan that best aligns with academic and professional goals. If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the subplans below, select elective courses in consultation with an academic, faculty, or program advisor.
Arizona State University Culture or Language Requirement
Students must complete three courses in cultural diversity OR completion of language courses at intermediate level (202 or equivalent). College Level Examination Program (CLEP) will satisfy language requirement, if 202 level language proficiency is met. Credits must be transferred to ASU Admissions. Cultural Diversity courses can be found in the Course Equivalency Guide.
Complete nine approved general education credits in the Cultural Diversity in the US [C] area. 9 OR
Requirement can be satisfied with fewer than 9 credits ONLY if 202 level language proficiency is met (prior to transfer) through coursework, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or ASU proficiency exams.
ARB++++++any ARB/Arabic course
CHI+++++any CHI/Chinese course
FRE+++++any FRE/French course
GER+++++any GER/German course
ITA+++++any ITA/Italian course
JPN+++++any JPN/Japanese course
SPA+++++any SPA/Spanish course
SLG+++++any SLG/Sign Language
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 26-34
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation(s) may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)3-5
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer, Statistics, and Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
(Recommend SWU225 Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government 3)
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 3
Met by SWU183, PHI101, or PHI105 in Required Courses Area AND
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design [HU] area.3
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by (SWU182 OR POS110) AND (PSY101 OR SOC101) in the Required Courses Area.
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
Awareness AreasCredits: 0
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by SWU171 in the Required Courses Area.
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
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.
SWU130Addictions and Substance Abuse Disorder (3) OR
SWU250Mindfulness for Stress Management (3) OR
SWU258Victimology and Crisis Management (3)3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.