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Pre-social Work

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

Jobs

Median Annual Pay

Job Growth through 2028

Child, family, and school social workers

$47,390

12%

Healthcare social workers

$56,750

14%

Mental health and substance abuse social workers

$46,650

15%

For More Information

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 331
334-244-3378
soc.anth.sw@aum.edu

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 2000 Professional Development for Social Workers
    • Students 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 3000 Diversity and Justice
    • Students learn multicultural social work practice and the importance of cultural competence. Student assess their level of self-awareness and ability to engage in critical thinking on issues of diversity and social justice, as well as advocate on behalf of others, particularly vulnerable populations.
  • SOWK 3720 Alcohol, Drugs, and Society
    • This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs from a sociological perspective.
  • SOWK 4020 Methods Social Work Research
    • Course develops students as generalist social workers. Students identify and apply research to advance social work practice, policy, and social welfare and obtain knowledge to monitor their practice, evaluate agency programs, social welfare policies, and understand ethical use of social work research.
  • SOWK 3000 Diversity and Justice
    • Students learn multicultural social work practice and the importance of cultural competence. Student assess their level of self-awareness and ability to engage in critical thinking on issues of diversity and social justice, as well as advocate on behalf of others, particularly vulnerable populations.

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