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Social Work Associate in Arts

The Cuyamaca College Associate in Arts in Social Work prepares students to further enhance their education, seek employment in various social service settings, or both.  Students who complete the program are eligible to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to continue their education toward advanced degrees and potential licensure in Social Work or related fields.

This program offers students coursework focused on skill development around core competencies for generalist practice, including assessment methods, treatment planning, case management, writing/documentation, critical thinking, ethical and professional behavior, advocacy, social justice, cultural competence and techniques for working with individuals, communities, and institutions. 

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify and analyze barriers and issues faced by under-represented and vulnerable communities through the lenses of cultural competence and trauma-informed care. 
  • Apply critical thinking skills to case management, crisis intervention, and theory-based assessment to understand and support positive interactions between individuals and their environments. 
  • Facilitate use of community resources, community linkages and government assistance programs which support social work practices in diverse environments.  
  • Apply knowledge of biopsychosocial factors that affect human development and behavior across life span to case management strategies and approaches.  
  • Identify diverse roles of social workers in micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice and evaluate own’s professional identity and skills.   

Career Opportunities

  • Administration1
  • Child Welfare1
  • Clinical:
    • Counseling, Therapy1
  • Community Organizations:
    • Advocacy, Politics, Education1
  • Criminal Justice/Corrections1
  • Developmental Disabilities1
  • Gerontology1
  • Health Care1
  • Occupational:
    • Counseling1
    • Organizational Development1
    • Teaching1
    • Wellness Promotion1
    • Human Resources1
  • Public Welfare:
    • Social Work1
  • Research1

Bachelor degree or higher recommended.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

BIO-130General Biology I3
ECON-120Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON-121 Principles of Microeconomics
HED-201Introduction to Public Health3
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Statistics
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSY-120Introductory Psychology3
SOC-120Introductory Sociology3
SW-110Social Work Fields of Service3
SW-120Introduction to Social Work3
Total Units25

Plus General Education Requirements