Pre-social Work

Program Description

As one of the concentrations in the Sociology bachelors’ degree program, the Pre-Social Work program provides an academic foundation for a career in social work. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 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.”  


Social workers with a bachelor’s degree meet this goal by serving the community in a number of ways, including helping people cope with life challenges such as adopting a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness. They also work with groups, community organizations, and policymakers to develop or improve programs, services, policies, and social conditions.

Completion of AUM’s two-year Pre-Social Work program leads to candidacy for AUM’s Social Work bachelor’s degree program, which is designed to take another two years to complete, depending on class loads and other factors.

Social workers work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Mental health clinics
  • Schools
  • Child welfare and human service agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Settlement houses
  • Community development corporations
  • Private practice
  • Nursing homes
  • Substance abuse centers

Social work professionals who have earned a master’s degree and have at least two years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting can be licensed as Clinical Social Workers (CSW) or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW). They provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy, work with clients to develop strategies to change behavior or cope with difficult situations, and refer clients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

Community and social service occupations include social workers, counselors, and religious workers. Employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 306,200 jobs. Most projected new jobs in this occupational group are in counselor and social worker occupations, as their services will continue to be needed in areas such as drug abuse counseling and rehabilitation counseling, and also for school and career counseling. The median annual wage for community and social service occupations was $44,960 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Annual Pay

Job Growth through 2028

Child, family, and school social workers



Healthcare social workers



Mental health and substance abuse social workers



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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 331

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Courses include:

  • 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. 

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