Social Work and Human Services
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
Chair: Sean Davis
Dean: Michael Fino
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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.
|SWHS 110||Introduction to Social Work and Human Services||3|
|SWHS 120||Fieldwork/Practicum in Social Work and Human Services||3|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology *||3|
|or SOC 101H||Introduction to Sociology (Honors)|
|PSYC 101||General Psychology *||3|
|or PSYC 101H||General Psychology (Honors)|
|SOC 125||Introduction to Statistics in Sociology *||4|
|or PSYC 104||Statistics for Behavioral Science|
|or PSYC 104H||Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)|
|ECON 101||Principles of Economics: MACRO *||3|
|or ECON 102||Principles of Economics: MICRO|
|BIO 103||Introductory 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 *|
or ADM 100H
|Introduction to the Administration of Justice (Honors)|
|Cultural Anthropology *|
or ANTH 102H
|Cultural Anthropology (Honors)|
|Child and Adolescent Growth and Development *|
|Child, Family, and Community *|
|Intercultural Communication *|
|Critical Thinking and Composition *|
or ENGL 202H
|Critical Thinking and Composition (Honors)|
|United States History to 1877 *|
or HIST 110H
|United States History to 1877 (Honors)|
|United States History Since 1877 *|
or HIST 111H
|United States History Since 1877 (Honors)|
|Human Development *|
|Contemporary Social Problems *|
|Race and Ethnic Relations *|
Course satisfies a general education requirement on the CSU-GE or IGETC general education (GE) pattern. To ensure this degree is completed with no more than 60 units, students should select courses that will also satisfy a GE requirement. Note: Every course on this degree except SWHS 110 and SWHS 120 satisfies a GE requirement.
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.
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 https://www.miracosta.edu/governance/courses-and-programs-committee/curriculum-management-system.html.
SWHS 110: Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
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
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.