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Social Work SWKE.S.AA

Associate of Arts - 60 - 62 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Effective as of Fall 2024

What is the program about?

Social Work is a profession for people who want to help those in need to overcome difficulties and improve their lives. The Associate of Arts in Social Work is dedicated to students wishing to transfer to a four year university in Social Work or a related field. With an associate's, students can begin working in the field as paraprofessionals in social service settings. Social Work will provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to help people with a wide range of issues including psychological/mental health, behavioral, financial, health, relationships, and substance abuse problems. At the Associate's level, students complete practicum and service learning opportunities and explore skills related to advocacy and case management as well as skills related to working with multicultural client populations. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer 36 in order to graduate. This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), please notify Registration and Student Records at

Program Outcomes

  • Achieve group goals in a variety of social contexts.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills that a person must possess in order to be effective with multicultural clients in cross-cultural situations.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of ways with varied audiences through writing skills, oral communication skills, listening skills, reading skills, computer literacy and information literacy.
  • Demonstrate ability to think logically and solve problems using analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate professional ethics, attitudes and behaviors when interacting with clients in practicum settings.

Career Opportunities

Social Work is a helping profession which aims to assist individuals, families, and larger groups; as well as targeting the social problems which effect society today. The Department of Labor Statistics shows the job outlook for Social Work is projecting growth in the field of 19% between 2012 and 2022 which is faster than the average growth for other occupations. There is an increased demand for social work in fields such as aging and healthcare. Social Work allows opportunities for licensure and higher education which lead to more open doors for employment in the field. Social Workers are found in almost every facet of society including in the medical field such as hospitals and nursing homes, child welfare, schools, jails, and private practice.


Completion of this program guarantees completion of the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM). OTM courses are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Ohio on a course-by-course basis or in total. Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


Course Title Credits
BIO 1111 General Biology I 4
BIO 1211 (General Biology II) OR Ohio Transfer 36: Natural & Physical Sciences Elective 4
COM 2206 Interpersonal Communication 3
ECO 1100 (Introduction to Economics) OR ECO 2160 (Principles of Macroeconomics) 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1201 English Composition II 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
SCC 1101 First Year Experience 1
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 1115 Sociology of Marriage & Family 3
SWK 1206 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 1213 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
SWK 2207 Anti-Oppressive Social Work 3
Modern Language Elective 6 - 8
Ohio Transfer 36: Arts & Humanities Elective 6
Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3
Ohio Transfer 36: Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective OR MHT 1130 (Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling CDCA Preliminary) 3
PLS 1120 (American Federal Government) OR PLS 2200 (Political Life, Systems & Issues) 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.