Social Work

Associate of Arts

Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Social workers act as advocates for children and families in need, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, pregnant teenagers, and many other diverse populations. Social workers provide advice, advocacy, and support to those who have personal and social problems. Social Workers also work in the community to promote social justice.

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Social Work is an excellent transfer program since the core curriculum parallels the first two years of most four-year social science degrees. After completion of this degree, the student will be prepared to work in a variety of public and private social service settings including programs in schools and hospitals, juvenile detention and residential facilities, crisis centers, information and referral programs, hospices, employee assistance programs, nursing homes, home health agencies and adult day care centers.


Field of Study - 18 credit hours 1
Social Work Concentration
SOCW 2361Introduction to Social Work3
SOCW 2362Social Welfare as a Social Institution3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
SOCI 1301Introductory Sociology3
PSYC 2317Statistical Methods in Psychology3
SOCI 1306Social Problems3
STC Core Curriculum - 42 credit hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 2,342
Social/Behavioral Sciences
Marriage and the Family
Total Credit Hours60

Courses taken to fulfill field of study requirements must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill Core Curriculum Requirements.


In addition to the courses in the Social Sciences Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.


Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SOCI 1306 Social Problems 3
SOCW 2361 Introduction to Social Work 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Speech Elective - Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours9
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
SOCI 2301 Marriage and the Family 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
 Credit Hours14
Fifth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
PSYC 2317 Statistical Methods in Psychology 3
SOCW 2362 Social Welfare as a Social Institution 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours