Social Work

Humanities & Social Sciences
Degree awarded: Associate in Arts

Program Narrative
If you are looking for a career with meaning, one that allows you to have a direct and positive impact on the lives of others, social work is an excellent choice. Most positions in the field of social work require a bachelor's degree. Northampton's Social Work program is an affordable beginning to your baccalaureate degree in social work.

Social work requires excellent skills in communication, problem solving, observation, and critical thinking. It is a demanding and rewarding profession. Students in our program are expected to take part in hands-on service learning opportunities and are also encouraged to get involved in Social Work Club activities. If you are interested in learning more about the field, we suggest you consider taking the Introduction to Social Work course.

After graduation from a Bachelor in Social Work degree program (BSW), you may seek professional employment in one of the many social and community agencies locally and beyond or choose to enter a graduate program in social work (MSW). You may then become a licensed social worker.

Program Features
Northampton's core liberal arts curriculum gives you the solid background you will need to transfer successfully. Courses in sociology, psychology, history, and biology compliment the knowledge, values and skills of social work practice in the United States and globally.

Our program transfers to many schools of social work in the region, including Cedar Crest College, Alvernia College, Kutztown University, Marywood University, and Misericordia University. If you have a transfer program in mind, you are encouraged to check with that institution to see what its transfer requirements may be. You can then consult with your Northampton advisor and/or social work faculty for elective recommendations and guidance. The Social Work program is offered at both the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses, and online.

Students in the Social Work program may also use it to work toward a BS in Health Service Administration by starting at Northampton and transferring to East Stroudsburg University. Northampton and ESU have developed a course-for-course agreement so that students may start taking classes for their major while at Northampton, and then seamlessly transfer to ESU to complete the degree.

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the program will:

  • Explain the knowledge, values, skills and core competencies of the social work profession at the introductory level.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and values of culturally competent social work promoting the strengths and well-being of a diverse society.

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically using a liberal arts foundation to articulate problems and solutions orally and in written communication.

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the structure and complexities of societal systems and how they affect the person in his or her environment.

    Social Work
    Associate in Arts Degree

    Course Code Course Title
    Credits
    First Semester
    BIOS 105 Contemporary Biology
    4
    CMTH 102 Speech Communication
    3
    ENGL 101C English I
    3
    SOCA 103 Principles of Sociology (SSHB)
    3
    SCWK 101 Introduction to Social Work
    3
    16
    Second Semester
    BIOS 160 Human Biology
    4
    ENGL 151L English II (Literature)
    3
    PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology
    3
    SOCA 102 Cultural Anthropology
    3
    SOCA 125 Sociology of Families*
    3
    16
    Third Semester
    MATH 150 Introductory Statistics
    3
    POLS 110 American National Government (SIT)
    3
    ENGL___G Literature Elective (AH)
    3
    SOCA 204 Social Problems
    3
    -------------- Elective
    3
    15
    Fourth Semester
    HIST 163 American History II
    3
    PHIL 202 Ethics and Moral Problems*
    3
    SOCA 105 American Ethnicity
    3
    PSYC 258 Developmental Psychology
    3
    -------------- Elective
    3
    15
    Total Credits
    62

    * Recommended Writing Intensive requirement: Any Literature course will satisfy one of the writing intensive requirements. Students will choose between Sociology of Families (SOCA125G) OR Ethics and Moral Problems (PHIL 202G) for the second writing intensive requirement.
  • Electives: There are 2 electives to be determined according to where the student plans to transfer. Some options might include Introduction to Macroeconomics, World Religions, or Interpersonal Communication. The student should speak with their advisor or the Social Work Coordinator and determine the courses the transfer school requires by the end of the second semester. Each BSW program may have a different requirement.
  • Completion of SOCA 105 G will satisfy the Diversity (D) requirement.
  • Completion of ENGL 101 and ENGL151L will satisfy computer literacy requirement.

Career Potential: You will find Social Workers in: Administration and Management, Advocacy and Community Organization, Aging and Gerontology, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, Child Welfare and Family, Developmental Disabilities, Health Care Social Work, Justice and Corrections, International Social Work, Mental Health and Clinical Social Work, Occupational and EAP Social Work, Policy and Planning, Politics, Public Welfare, Research, School Social Work

NCC students have transferred to BSW PROGRAMS AT: Cedar Crest College, Kutztown University, Alvernia College, Millersville University,

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