Academic Programs

Social Work Cooperative Program - USD

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 OR
SOC 115   Social Problems   3
PSY 111   Introduction to Psychology   3
ENG 105   Composition I   3
MAT 121   College Algebra   4
SOC 200   Minority Group Relations   3
SOC 120   Marriage and Family   3
ENG 106   Composition II   3
SPC 112   Public Speaking   3
POL 111   American National Government   3
SOC 216   Study of Alcohol Use and Abuse   3
BIO 116   General Biology I    4
SOC 160   Fields of Social Work   3
SOC 217   Study of Drug Use and Abuse   3
ART 101   Art Appreciation   3
PSY 241   Abnormal Psychology   3
BIO 117   General Biology IIB   4
SOC 212   Diversity   3
PHI 105   Introduction to Ethics   3
SOC 180   Social Work Interactional Skills   3
MUS 100   Music Appreciation   3

   Program Total   64


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