Academic Programs

Social Work Cooperative Program - BCU

Associate of Arts Degree
Program Description
Sioux City, Cherokee & Denison

Social work is a helping profession. Social workers assess human problems and engage in problem solving. The social worker understands the process of individual development and the interaction with the social environment.

The baccalaureate major in social work prepares generalist social workers at the undergraduate level for entry-level positions in social work and for graduate social work. It develops professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are needed by professional social workers in various fields of social work practice. It enables students to initiate and promote desirable social change through responsible community action.

Social work is a profession for individuals wanting to improve the lives of others. There are many different kinds of social workers: child, family, and school social workers; medical and public health social workers; mental health and substance abuse social workers.

Employment rates for trained social workers will be much greater than the average occupation; in fact, according to the 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2006-16. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition)

Required Classes

SDV 108   The College Experience   1
SOC 110   Introduction to Sociology   3
PSY 111   Introduction to Psychology   3
MUS 100   Music Appreciation   3
ENG 105   Composition I   3
MAT 121   College Algebra   4
SOC 120   Marriage and Family   3
PSY 121   Developmental Psychology   3
BIO 163   Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology   4
SPC 112   Public Speaking   3
ENG 106   Composition II      3
MAT 157   Statistics   4
SOC 160   Introduction to Social Work   3
HIS 152   US History Since 1877   3
SOC 212   Diversity   3
SOC   Sociology of Aging OR
SOC   Minority Group Relations   3
SOC 250   Sociology of Deviance OR
SOC 210   Men, Women and Society   3
ART 101   Art Appreciation   3
PHI 105   Introduction to Ethics   3
SOC 115   Social Problems   3
   Electives   3

   Program Total   64

Western Iowa Tech Community College currently offers specific transfer agreements to Briar Cliff University, University of South Dakota, and Buena Vista University. Speak directly to an academic advisor for a list of transfer courses specific to each college.


Rhonda Briggs, EdD, Ext 1202 Room L322
Deb Gifford, MEd, Ext 1354 Room L322
Jill Moravek, PhD, Ext 1443 Room L322
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Visit at 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa 51106
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
Call 800.349.4649 or 712.274.6400