Social Work

Award: Associate of Arts
Degree Code: ASWR
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

For information about the Accelerated Studies program or admission approval, contact the Director of Advising 410-287-6060 at Ext. 1890. This program option is designed for the working adult seeking to earn an undergraduate degree in an accelerated format while continuing to work full or part-time. The degree provides skills required for an entry-level position as a social and human services assistant. The accelerated program combines theory and practice through classroom, on-line, and guided experiential experiences in a cohort learning model. The partnership agreement with Salisbury University provides access and convenience for students to complete their baccalaureate degree in social work. A bachelor’s degree in social work is the minimum educational requirement for an entry-level social worker.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has an articulation agreement with Salisbury University. Students satisfactorily completing the Associate of Arts – Social Work Option are guaranteed admission to Salisbury University. All the courses that are needed to complete the Salisbury University Baccalaureate degree will be offered at the Cecil College’s Elkton Station location. Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

The computer literacy requirement has been met throughout the course work in the degree program.

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology [S]
General Biology Lab
3
1
BIO 123 or
BIO 203
Foundations of Nutrition [S] or
Nutrition
3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
HST 101 Western Civilization I [H] 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
PHI 201 Ethics - Contemporary Moral Problems [H] 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
SCI Lab Science Elective [SL] 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SS] 3
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
ELECT Elective 1
HEA 140 Alcoholism and Drug Addiction 3
SOC 102 Social Problems [SS] 3
SOC 103 Family and Marriage [SS] 3
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications [H] or
Public Speaking [H]
3
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work [SS] 3
SWK 102 Basic Interviewing Skills 3
SWK 201 Social Welfare Policy Research and Experience 3
SWK 202 Elder Care Experiential Learning 2
SWK 203 Substance Abuse Experiential Learning 3

Salisbury University will accept up to 70 credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to complete the following additional program electives at Cecil College:

Number Title Credits
ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology [SS]​ 3
EGL 209 Introduction to African-American Literature [H] 3
ELECT Elective 1
HST 102 Western Civilization II [H] 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Session I (6 credits)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Session II (6 credits)
SPH 121 or
SPH 141
Interpersonal Communications
Public Speaking
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work
Session III (9 credits)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
SOC 102 Social Problems
SWK 102 Basic Interviewing Skills
Session IV (7 credits)
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
HEA 140 Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
Session V (9 credits)
HST 101 Western Civilization I
SOC 103 Family and Marriage
SWK 201 Social Welfare Policy Research Experiential Learning
Session VI (7 credits)
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology
General Biology Lab
SWK 203 Substance Abuse Experiential Learning
Session VII (13 credits)
PHI 201 Ethics - Contemporary Moral Problems
SCI Lab Science Elective
BIO 203 or
BIO 123
Nutrition
Foundations of Nutrition
SWK 202 Elder Care Experiential Learning
ELECT Elective

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize their academic success to effectively continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • Express an understanding of their ethical responsibility and role under the supervision of individuals in the profession.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude toward work, learning and the completion of tasks.
  • Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.
  • Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.
  • Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession and its contemporary structures and issues.
  • Understand the importance of respect as it relates to a clients’ age, class, race, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
  • Use communication skills differentially across client populations, colleagues, and communities.

Career Opportunities

Public welfare, criminal justice and corrections, school social work, child welfare, gerontology, health care, community agencies, research and education.​​​​​