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Associate of Arts Degree
Social Work

The Associate of Arts Degree in Social Work provides a foundation for students interested in the fields of social work, human services, counseling and related areas. The curriculum is designed to meet lower-division transfer courses for many CSU’s with majors in Social Work, Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work or Human Services. The degree also offers a basis for students interested in paraprofessional jobs in the human services field. See admission requirements of individual colleges and universities and transfer requirements for specific majors.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary SocietyM3.0
HUSR 111 - Human Services in Contemporary Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is an introduction to the history and philosophy of human services in contemporary society. The function and objectives of human service organizations as well as the qualifications of the professional will be emphasized. A survey of the populations served in the field will focus on cultural, social, economic and historical trends. The course is designed for students pursuing careers in social work, counseling or community organizing.

SOC 101 / SOC 101H (RHC GE 6)M3.0
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change.

SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: Enrollment is restricted to those who meet Honors Program requirements (minimum GPA of 3.0) and completion of ENGL 101 with a "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: SOC 101 or SOC 101H)

This course is designed for those with an interest in Sociology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human group behavior and the organization of society. The student, using several theoretical points of view, will study and analyze: (1) the organization of social life; (2) problems of inequality – of age, sex, race and ethnicity, social class and life style; (3) the basic social institutions: family, education, politics, economics, and religion; and (4) global issues of population, technology, social movements and social change. This course is intended for students eligible for the Honors Program.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

Total Semester Units:13.5† 
2nd Semester
Select One: MATH 130 / PSY 190 M4.0
MATH 130 - Statistics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 or appropriate placement; READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

PSY 190 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 and READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of the types of statistics that are important in the behavioral sciences. The main focus of this course is on hypothesis testing and the statistics that are used to analyze it. Students will learn to present and interpret experimental data from the behavioral sciences. Topics covered include basic probability, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, sampling, and inferential statistics. This course is designed for students majoring in psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology. NOTE: MATH 62 or MATH 73 can be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for this class. Some majors require that students take MATH 73 (not MATH 62) and others do not. Students should see a counselor to determine which pathway will work best for them.

PSY 101 - Introductory PsychologyM3.0
PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 101 or PSY 101H)

This course is designed as a general introduction to psychology for psychology majors, those with an interest in psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human behavior. It provides an overview of the field of psychology, introducing students to the research methods used to advance the science of psychology and the various areas that comprise this diverse discipline. Research and theories are presented, discussed, and evaluated. Topics covered include biological psychology, sensation and perception, lifespan development, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, cognition, personality, psychopathology and social psychology.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

Total Semester Units:14.0 
Summer 1
RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:6.0† 
3rd Semester
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human ServicesM1.0
HUSR 199A - Seminar in Human Services (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or HUSR 111
Corequisite: HUSR 199B
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course and its corequisite (HUSR 199B) provide students with supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, which allows students to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. This course provides the academic element to the experiential course offering and reinforces the application of concepts learned in the prerequisite course or courses.

HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human ServicesM2.0
HUSR 199B - Fieldwork in Human Services (2.0 units)

p>Prerequisite: PSY 101 or SOC 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: HUSR 199A
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

The corequisite courses HUSR 199A and 199B provide students with a supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, allowing the student to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. In this course students take the theories and principles learned in the classroom and apply them to their work in a field setting. This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop skills that would facilitate gaining employment in the human services field.
Unpaid field work: 2 units =120 hours; 3 units= 180 hours
Paid field work: 2 units =150 hours; 3 units=225 hours

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

Select One: AJ 101 / ANTH 102 / ANTH 102H / CD 106 / CD 208 / ENGL 201 / ENGL 201H / HIST 143 / HIST 143H / HIST 144 / HIST 144H / PSY 112 / PSY 114 / SOC 102 GE3.0†
AJ 101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system of the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the criminal justice system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped these principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the justice system of the United States, and particularly the structure and function of the police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.

ANTH 102 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The emphasis of this general education course is the investigation of human culture. By learning about the diversity of cultural practices around the world, students will be able to evaluate their identities within their own societies. In addition to discovering the theories and methods important to cultural anthropology, the course includes an extensive examination of cross-cultural diversity. Students learn about how people in different cultures obtain their food, exchange goods, organize themselves in groups, engage in politics, raise children, and worship supernatural beings. Also addressed is the issue of how cultural anthropology can contribute to addressing important problems in the modern world. The course is designed for anthropology majors, those with an interest in anthropology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human culture.

ANTH 102H - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

The emphasis of this general education course is the investigation of human culture. By learning about the diversity of cultural practices around the world, students will be able to evaluate their identities within their own societies. In addition to discovering the theories and methods important to cultural anthropology, the course will include an extensive examination of cross-cultural diversity. Students will learn about how people in different cultures obtain their food, exchange goods, organize themselves in groups, engage in politics, raise children, and worship supernatural beings. Also addressed will be the issue of how cultural anthropology can contribute to addressing problems important in the modern world. This course is designed for anthropology majors, those with an interest in anthropology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human culture. This course is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

CD 106 - Child Growth and Development (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following coursers: CD 106 or PSY 112)

This course provides an overview of human growth from conception to adolescence. The theories of development relevant to life through the teenage years are introduced and the social, emotional, cognitive and physical aspects of these early stages of life are addressed. This course is appropriate for students preparing for a profession working with children and their families or those interested in furthering their understanding of child and adolescent development. This course is also designed to meet the Department of Social Service Classification DS1 and applies toward the State of California Title 5 requirement for the Child Development Permit.

CD 208 - Child, Family and Community (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students desiring to work with children in a group setting, as well as for parents and others who wish to further their understanding of how the socio-cultural environment affects the developing child. The course examines the historical and contemporary interrelationship of family, school and community on child development. The process of socialization and identity formation will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. This course meets the Department of Social Services Classification Indicator DS2 and the State of California Department of Education Title 5 Child Development Permit.

ENGL 201 - Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H)

This advanced composition course is open to all students who have successfully completed ENGL 101 and is designed for those who expect to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Students will read and write extensively, while applying critical thinking skills and research techniques. Students will demonstrate these abilities in advanced composition as they research and write a series of argumentative essays, which demonstrate the ability to analyze issues, evaluate positions, and argue persuasively through clear, concise prose. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in advancing and refining their writing and language skills and will augment their ability to exercise critical thought. Students will complete lab activities that further enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns.

ENGL 201H - Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking Honors (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of at least a "C" or better
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H)

This advanced composition course is open to all students who have successfully completed ENGL 101 and is designed for those who expect to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Students will read and write extensively, while applying critical thinking skills and research techniques. Students will demonstrate these abilities in advanced composition as they research and write a series of argumentative essays, which demonstrate the ability to analyze issues, evaluate positions, and argue persuasively through clear, concise prose. This Honors section is open to all students who have completed ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better. Students will be expected to analyze issues in more depth and write on them at greater length than they would in a non-honors section.

HIST 143 - History of the United States to 1877 (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey of United States history from Native American origins to post Civil War Reconstruction. Social, economic, political and cultural developments are explored with an emphasis on the independence movement, Revolutionary War, the new Republic, westward expansion and the Civil War. This course is designed for students interested in the foundational history of the United States. It is recommended for all history majors and fulfills the CSU/UC American Institutions requirement and the American Institutions requirement for the Associate degree. This course also satisfies a requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 143H - History of the United States to 1877 Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is a survey of United States history from Native American origins to post Civil War Reconstruction. Social, economic, political and cultural developments are explored with an emphasis on the independence movement, Revolutionary War, the new Republic, westward expansion and the Civil War. This course is designed for students interested in the foundational history of the United States. It is recommended for all history majors; it fulfills the CSU/UC American Institutions requirement and the American Institutions requirement for the Associate degree and is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements. This course also satisfies a requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 144 - History of the United States Since 1865 (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 144 or HIST 144H)

This course provides a survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States from Reconstruction (1865) to the present. Some topics addressed are Reconstruction, the American West, capital and labor in the age of enterprise, America as an emerging world power, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam Era, the Cold War, the new world order. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It is recommended for all History majors and satisfies a course requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree.

HIST 144H - History of the United States Since 1865 Honors (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: HIST 144 or HIST 144H)

This course provides a survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States from Reconstruction (1865) to the present. Some topics addressed are Reconstruction, the American West, capital and labor in the age of enterprise, America as an emerging world power, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam Era, the Cold War, the new world order. This course fulfills the American Institutions requirement for the Associate Degree. It is recommended for all History majors and satisfies a course requirement for the History for Transfer (AA-T) degree and is intended for those who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 112 - Lifespan Development (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: PSY 112 or CD 106)

This course provides an overview of human psychological development across the lifespan. The physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes that occur from the prenatal period through old age are addressed. In addition, current research findings and their applicability to ongoing developmental problems are explored. This course is appropriate for the student seeking to develop a better understanding of the development gains and losses that occur throughout our lives..

PSY 114 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an introduction to the study of abnormal behavior for psychology majors, those with an interest in abnormal psychology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of abnormality. The classification, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders will be explored. Students will not only develop an understanding of the etiology and diagnosis of such disorders, as based upon DSM-IV-TR criteria, but develop an appreciation of the cultural, historical and theoretical influences that affect the definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior.

SOC 102 - Major Social Problems (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the definition, development, reduction and elimination of major social problems in contemporary society. Topics addressed include problems of mental and physical health including addictions, crime and violence, social inequality, terrorism and war, as well as technology and the environment. Various social theories and relevant empirical research are critically examined throughout the course.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:16.0† 
4th Semester
ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Social Work AA program 61.5† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course

Advising Sheet:
Social-Work-20-21.pdf
   

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