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Protecting vulnerable children. Listening to a teenager who has no one else. Comforting an elderly person who faces a bleak future. Operating a respite program for persons with Alzheimer’s. Celebrating with a family that you helped reunite.
These are just a few of the possible ways you could care for the wellbeing of others as a compassionate and professionally educated social worker. The National Association of Social Workers defines social work as “the professional activity of helping individuals, families, groups or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning or creating societal conditions favorable to that goal.”
Being a social worker is a calling and a growing profession that you can prepare for at AUM with a Social Work degree. This pre-social work concentration prepares you to apply for the BSW program. During this two-year program, you allow you to apply to be a candidate for the Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW). Upon completion, you’ll apply for admission into the BSW program, which is designed to take another two years to complete, depending on class loads and other factors.
With a national job growth projection of 12% over the next decade, there are many career roles available for those with a bachelor’s degree in social work, in settings such as:
Individuals who obtain are BSW are eligible for licensure in the state of Alabama. Once you have completed your pre-social work program and are admitted into the BSW major, the program will work with you to prepare you for the licensure exam.
The Know How
What you will know with a Pre-Social Work degree from AUM
The courses in this program help you become a critical thinker, with skills such as collecting and assessing information, drawing conclusions and evaluating those conclusions.
Surveys with employers tell us that writing, researching, presenting, and critical reading are important career skills for serious job candidates. You’ll start developing those and other skills as you launch a lifetime of learning.
This program will help you prepare for admission into the BSW major —should you choose to pursue them—to advance in your career and have the best shot at advancement or leadership roles.
Through case studies using real world examples, hands-on assignments, internship opportunities, and professional networking opportunities, you’ll be ready to jump into the job market.
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People who want to serve people will be attracted to this program, the completion of which is the gateway to a bachelor’s degree in social work.
With a sociology degree with a concentration in Pre-Social Work, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.
Is a Degree in Sociology with a Pre-Social Work concentration right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Social and Community Service Manager||Bachelor’s degree||15% (Faster than average)||$74,000|
|Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, Mental Health Counselor||Bachelor’s degree||23% (Much faster than average)||$47,660|
|Social Worker||Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree for clinical social worker)||12% (Faster than average)||$50,390|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.
Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts, History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Name of the Pre-Social Work concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-Social Work
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, fine arts, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.
The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration offers. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.
|Course #||Course Name||Course Description|
|SOWK 1000||Introduction to Social Work||Examine the community social service agencies and programs offered including career opportunities in numerous fields of social work.|
|SOWK 2000||Professional Development for Social Workers||Learn professional behavior, self-care, basic knowledge and skills relevant to professional social work practice. Course examines personal values, as well as societal values, and analyzes their interaction and interrelationship with the social work professional values.|
|SOWK 2220||History of Social Welfare||Understand the philosophical and historical perspectives of social welfare services and social work practices.|