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Social Work/Human Services

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Social Work & Human Services

The Associate in Arts in Social Work and Human Services for Transfer degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students interested in transferring to a CSU campus to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Human Services should meet with a counselor to confirm the courses required for lower-division preparation in the major.

This program has the following completion requirements:

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Associate Degrees for Transfer also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.


Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
BIOL 300 The Foundations of Biology (3) 3 - 4
   or BIOL 307 Biology of Organisms (4)
   or BIOL 310 General Biology (4)
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) 3
   or ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology 3
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4) 3 - 4
   or PSYC 330 Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
SWHS 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
SWHS 366 Practices in Human Services 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ADMJ 300 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
ADMJ 320 Concepts of Criminal Law (3)
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
COMM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)
ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
HIST 310 History of the United States (3)
HIST 311 History of the United States (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3)
PSYC 370 Human Development: A Life Span (3)
PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
   or ECE 312 Child Development (3)
SOC 301 Social Problems (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
Total Units: 27 - 29

The Associate in Arts in Social Work & Human Services for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • define the functions of social service delivery systems.
  • analyze public policy issues, complexities and controversies affecting social service agencies and their clients.
  • integrate different theoretical approaches in working with clients.
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients.
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions.
  • describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system.
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making.
  • demonstrate effective individual and group setting interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a demographically diverse population.

Career Information

The Social Work & Human Services degree is designed to facilitate students’ successful transition to four-year Social Work programs which prepare students for advanced studies in a variety of graduate programs and for entry level positions in a variety of social service settings. Social Workers with graduate degrees and professional licensure have a broad range of employment opportunities, including, but not limited to, clinical practice, community organizing, policy, advocacy, research, and teaching. Social Workers work in a variety of settings and with a wide range of clients.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Social Work/Human Services, General

The A.A. degree program in Human Services provides performance-based training for both associate level employment and transfer preparation. This degree provides training for Psychology and Social Work majors towards Marriage Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Psychologists. All courses within this curriculum are transferable to CSU four-year degree programs. Coursework includes performance-based training in client screening, intake, assessment, orientation, individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, client's rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, client education, professional ethics, reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
SWHS 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
SWHS 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
SWHS 331 Cross Cultural Psychology (3) 3
   or PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
SWHS 350 Ethical Issues in Social Work/Human Services 3
SWHS 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
SWHS 365 Techniques of Group Counseling (3) 3
SWHS 366 Practices in Human Services 3
SWHS 367 Advanced Practices in Human Services 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
SWHS 304 Introduction to Counseling Children (3)
SWHS 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
SWHS 494 Topics in Human Services (0.5 - 4)
Total Units: 33

The Social Work/Human Services, General Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See FLC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • define the functions of social service delivery systems.
  • analyze public policy issues, complexities and controversies affecting social service agencies and their clients.
  • integrate different theoretical approaches in working with clients.
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients.
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions.
  • describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system.
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making.
  • demonstrate effective individual and group setting interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a demographically diverse population.

Career Information

Career opportunities may include but are not limited to: Peer Support Group Facilitator; Youth Group Home Worker; Alcoholism Program Worker; Family, Welfare, and Health Agencies Worker; Ombudsman Program Workers; Work with Correctional Agencies; Consumer Consultant; County or State Eligibility Worker; Conflict Containment Workers.

Certificate of Achievement

Social Work/Human Services, General Certificate

The certificate program in Human Services provides performance-based training for both associate level employment and transfer preparation. This certificate provides training for Psychology and Social Work majors towards Marriage Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Psychologists. All courses within this curriculum are transferable to CSU four-year degree programs. Coursework includes performance-based training in client screening, intake, assessment, orientation, individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, client's rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, client education, professional ethics, reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
SWHS 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
SWHS 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
SWHS 331 Cross Cultural Psychology (3) 3
   or PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
SWHS 350 Ethical Issues in Social Work/Human Services 3
SWHS 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
SWHS 365 Techniques of Group Counseling (3) 3
SWHS 366 Practices in Human Services 3
SWHS 367 Advanced Practices in Human Services 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
SWHS 304 Introduction to Counseling Children (3)
SWHS 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
SWHS 494 Topics in Human Services (0.5 - 4)
Total Units: 33

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • define the functions of social service delivery systems.
  • analyze public policy issues, complexities and controversies affecting social service agencies and their clients.
  • integrate different theoretical approaches in working with clients.
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients.
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions.
  • describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system.
  • demonstrate effective individual and group setting interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a demographically diverse population.

Career Information

Career opportunities may include but are not limited to: Peer Support Group Facilitator; Youth Group Home Worker; Alcoholism Program Worker; Family, Welfare, and Health Agencies Worker; Ombudsman Program Workers; Work with Correctional Agencies; Consumer Consultant; County or State Eligibility Worker; Conflict Containment Workers.

Certificate

Social Work/Human Services, Home Caregiver Certificate

The Home Caregiver Certificate prepares recipients with in-home ethical and legal preparation, interpersonal skill training, and information regarding the needs affiliated with aging. All courses transfer to California State Universities. Students planning to continue specialization in gerontology by transferring to a four-year college should consult the Requirements for Transfer Institutions section of this catalog.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2021

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
SWHS 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
SWHS 350 Ethical Issues in Social Work/Human Services 3
Total Units: 12

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when communicating with the elderly at different cognitive levels.
  • evaluate and discuss similarities and differences surrounding diverse aging populations as they relate to life expectancy, mortality, mobility, family, work, retirement, mental health, death, lifestyles, sexuality, and use of services.
  • discuss the impact of language and other cultural factors that influence drug education, drug use, and treatment options with the elderly.
  • evaluate common methods of care for the dying including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice care.
  • recognize and identify risk of caregiver stress in cases of Alzheimer's and other dementia.
  • identify and evaluate elder abuse causes, preventions strategies, and resources.
  • identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a socio-cultural framework.
  • recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging.
  • develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment.

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Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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