Social Work: US-Mexico Border Emphasis

A.A. - Transfer Degree

Students in this major receive a foundation in the social sciences, language and related fields that prepares them to meet the demands of promoting human and community well-being. Graduates will be ready to enter university baccalaureate study versed in the underpinnings of the field of social work. "Guided by a person and environment construct, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, social work's purpose is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons." (Council on Social Work Education, 2008, p. 1)

Program Purpose

This program is designed to prepare students to enter university programs to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees in the field of Social Work. Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge of social work theory that will prepare them to transfer to university social work programs; and(2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate the rationale for entering the social work field.
  • Articulate a rudimentary understanding of social work Code of Ethics and how it applies to their professional development.
  • Completed 25 volunteer service learning hours.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation.   (AGEC-A certificate also included)

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 101 Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics or higher 3 GE-Mathematics
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 Major Requirement
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking/GE (recommended)  3 GE-Additional Course
SSC 101 Student Success Course (recommended) 1 General Elective 


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
ENG 102 Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
FAS 185 Family Communication Skills 3 Departmental Requirement
SOC 250 Introduction to Social Work 3 Major Requirement
BIO 100 Biology Concepts (recommended) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
CIS 120 Intro to Comp Info Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Course


Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
SOC 240 Racial/Ethnic Relations 3 Major Requirement
HIS 280 History of Mexico 3 Departmental Requirement
ARTS Choose one course from ARTS 3 GE-Arts
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics 3 GE-Humanities
BIO 160 Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences


  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
FAS 204 Gender Relations 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences
PSY 238 Human Development 3 Major Requirement
PSY 230 Statistics for Social Sciences 4 Departmental Requirement
  Elective 3 General Elective 

*Course may be required for students transferring to the university.


Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix, West and Tucson Campuses BSW Social Work 4th Semester Proficiency
Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff and Online BSW  Social Work None

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.