Social Work is an applied behavioral science that
emphasizes the application of behavioral science
principles in a variety of cultural contexts. Social
Work students are expected to think critically and
scientifically about behavior, to apply the principles
of the behavioral sciences, and to understand
the role of values in diverse cultural settings. As
a profession, social work focuses on methods for
helping people from many different social groups to
improve the quality of their lives.
The Social Work program has two primary goals. The
first is to provide students with the basic science and
social work courses that prepare them for entry-level
work in the field and/or transfer to four-year colleges,
universities or other institutions. The second goal is to provide students with general knowledge related
to the behavioral sciences that complements their
interests in the field of Social Work.
Most career options directly related to professional
(licensed) social work require graduate level degrees.
However, there are applied and paraprofessional
occupations that value the associate degree.
Social services departments, hospitals, academic
and community mental health facilities, child care
programs, services for the aged, alcohol and other
drug treatment programs, family services agencies,
and other community organizations are all examples
of settings which employ both professional and
paraprofessional social service providers. Education
at each academic level enhances skills, knowledge,