The AA program in Human Services: Community Service and Social Welfare is designed
to prepare students for transfer to a four year BSW social work program, although
they may use the degree to secure human services employment immediately upon graduation.
The program takes four semesters to complete, during which students are introduced to the social work profession, areas of practice and generalist practice skills. The course of study includes classes in writing, literature, and communications, fine and performing arts, social sciences, math and science. Additionally, students take a course in alcoholism and addictions. Finally, the core of the program consists of three social-work oriented classes (CSW), including one semester of field placement (internship).
This pattern of courses imparts a strong foundation in both the liberal arts and the social work profession. Elective courses are available for students in order to satisfy entry requirements for various BSW programs and to allow them to expand their knowledge base in the liberal arts.
Social workers and human service workers are found in every area of community support. Schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, substance abuse clinics, senior centers, elected office and corporations are some. Professional social workers can specialize in many different fields, such as adoptions, school violence prevention, HIV/AIDS, gerontology, developmental disabilities and others. If students choose to go on to a Bachelor’s and Master’s program in social work, opportunities in clinical mental health settings and private practice open up to them. Social workers are often found in administrative roles.