Social Work and Human Services

http://www.miracosta.edu/SOC

Social work and human services is an applied behavioral science that emphasizes the application of behavioral science principles in a variety of cultural contexts. Students take courses in social work and human services to acquire the basic skill set required for entry-level social worker positions and to prepare for transfer to complete a baccalaureate degree in social work and human services or a similar major. As a profession, social work and human services focuses on methods for helping people from many different social groups improve the quality of their lives.

Academic and Career Pathway: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

Chair: Bruce Hoskins

Dean: Michael Fino

www.miracosta.edu/SOC

Department: Sociology

Office: Building OC3100, 760.795.6871

Full-Time Faculty

Sean Davis

Associate Degree

Associate in Arts Degree

Social Work and Human Services for Transfer

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation requirements for a social work and human services degree, an emphasis or option within a social work and human services degree, or a degree considered similar to social work and human services at a participating California State University (CSU) campus.

Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus not accepting this degree or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a social work and human services major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or "P" or better.
  • Complete the CSU-GE (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C)* general education pattern.
  • Obtain a minimum CSU-transferable GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

* Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area IC: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

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

  • Qualify for a Social Worker I position in San Diego County.
  • Transfer to upper-division enrollment at a university as a Social Work and Human Services major (or related discipline).
  • Identify and implement industry-recognized effective practices for human service delivery in culturally-relevant and culturally-sustaining ways.
Required courses: 
SWHS 110Introduction to Social Work and Human Services3
SWHS 120Fieldwork/Practicum in Social Work and Human Services3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology *3
or SOC 101H Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
PSYC 101General Psychology *3
or PSYC 101H General Psychology (Honors)
SOC 125Introduction to Statistics in Sociology *4
or PSYC 104 Statistics for Behavioral Science
or PSYC 104H Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)
ECON 101Principles of Economics: MACRO *3
or ECON 102 Principles of Economics: MICRO
BIO 103Introductory Biology: Animal Diversity *3
or BIO 111 Introductory Biology: Preparation for Pre-Health Professions (Lecture)
List A: Select two courses.6
Introduction to the Administration of Justice *
Introduction to the Administration of Justice (Honors)
Cultural Anthropology *
Cultural Anthropology (Honors)
Child and Adolescent Growth and Development *
Child, Family, and Community *
Intercultural Communication *
Critical Thinking and Composition *
Critical Thinking and Composition (Honors)
United States History to 1877 *
United States History to 1877 (Honors)
United States History Since 1877 *
United States History Since 1877 (Honors)
Human Development *
Contemporary Social Problems *
Race and Ethnic Relations *
Total Units28

NOTE: Students are strongly advised to select courses that meet lower-division major preparation requirements at their transfer university and to complete the History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer. 

How to Read Course Descriptions

For more detailed information about a course, such as its content, objectives, and fulfillment of a degree, certificate, or general education requirement, please see the official course outline of record, available on the Courses and Programs webpage at http://www.miracosta.edu/governance/coursesandprograms/courseoutlines.html.

Courses

SWHS 110: Introduction to Social Work and Human Services

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course introduces the profession of social work and the field of social welfare through historical and contemporary lenses. It includes an overview of U.S. societal institutions that structure the provision of social services. The course emphasizes current service delivery systems, social welfare policies and procedures, contemporary social problems, and culturally responsive professional skills of social workers and human service workers within social welfare institutions and programs.

SWHS 120: Fieldwork/Practicum in Social Work and Human Services

Units: 3
Prerequisites: SWHS 110.
Enrollment Limitation: Concurrent enrollment in SWHS 110 if prerequisite not met.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 6 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course offers students a supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution, allowing students to apply knowledge and learn new skills outside of the classroom environment. A weekly class meeting provides the academic element to this experiential course and reinforces the application of concepts gained in the prerequisite or co-requisite course. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop skills that would facilitate gaining employment in the human services field.