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Social Work

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose an Associates Degree in Social Work?

The Social Work Associate in Arts degree is designed for students who intend to transfer into the BSW program at Ferris State University. The Social Work Associate in Arts provides students with a solid base of social work knowledge and its application. 

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

Graduation Requirements

The Social Work AA program leads to an Associate in Arts degree. Graduation requires (1) a minimum 2.0 GPA overall, (2) a minimum 'C' grade in all social work courses, (3)completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website and (4) completion of a minimum of 60 credits. 

More Information 

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Dave Schrock
PHONE: 231-591-3705
E-MAIL:

Social Work Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2225

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Social Work Major Courses - 44 Credits Required

Intro-Social Work Profession
2
Soc Work Interviewing Skills 1
3
Agency and Program Orientation
1
Introductory Field Experience
3
Intro to Social Welfare
3
Theories-Methods of Practice 1
4
Foundations of Practice
3
Introduction to Psychology
3
Choose one BIOL:
Genetics-Human Aspects
4
Biological Concepts
4
Basic Human Anatomy-Physiology
4
Environmental Biology
4
Choose one COMM:
Interpersonal Communication
3
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Small Group Decision Making
3
Choose one PLSC:
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
Choose one:
Lifespan of Human Development
3
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
3
Choose one:
Introductory Sociology
3
Social Problems
3
Choose one:
Marriage and the Family
3
Gender Roles in Society
3
Choose one:
Comparative Religions
3
Eastern Religions
3
Western Religions
3
Electives to 60 credit minimum required for degree
60
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