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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-Social Work

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:

  • Child welfare and human service agencies
  • Court systems
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health clinics
  • Military/Veteran affairs
  • Non-profits
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Substance abuse centers

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 Sociology major also offers concentrations in Anthropology, general Sociology, and Marriage and Family.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Pre-Social Work degree from AUM

We Encourage You To Think

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.

We Prepare You To Be Well-Rounded

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.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Advancement

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.

We Prepare You For The Job Market

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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Points of Pride

  • Classes are small, so faculty will know you well and work closely with you.
  • Our department’s students regularly participate in annual meetings of the Alabama-Mississippi Social Work Conference, Alabama Conference of Social Work, and other conferences of regional professional organizations.
  • Students in this program have the opportunity to perform research and present it to professional organizations.
  • The department’s professors regularly publish highly regarded research reflecting the expertise in their fields, including environmental justice, reproductive rights, intimate partner violence, rural mobility, foster parents, and obesity preceptions.

Soaring Warhawks

  • For more information about the Marriage and Family concentration, please contact the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at (334) 244-3378 or [email protected].

Customize Your Concentration

  • Looking to expand your learning for a robust and flexible career? Minor in Creative Writing or Philosophy.
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

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.

Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.

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.

Degree 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 TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Social and Community Service ManagerBachelor’s degree15% (Faster than average)$74,000
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, Mental Health CounselorBachelor’s degree23% (Much faster than average)$47,660
Social WorkerBachelor’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.

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Quick Facts

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.

Pre-Social Work

Courses Include

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 NameCourse Description
SOWK 1000Introduction to Social WorkExamine the community social service agencies and programs offered including career opportunities in numerous fields of social work.
SOWK 2000Professional Development for Social WorkersLearn 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 2220History of Social WelfareUnderstand the philosophical and historical perspectives of social welfare services and social work practices.
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