Academic Catalog

Social Work, Associate in Science

Program Description 

The Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Social Work will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the discipline, applied concepts, and theories necessary for a future in the field of social work and other helping professions.  The A.S. in Social Work is also designed for students who intend to transfer to an accredited four-year baccalaureate program in the field of Social Work (B.S.W.) or another human services degree program.  

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the Social Work degree can transfer into majors such as Social Sciences, Human/Public Services, Sociology, or Social Work. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Science degree is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree for Social Work or a related field. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to social work, grant writing, community outreach, and case management as well as prepare students for graduate programs in Social Work. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. OCC students can also utilize Focus2 Career, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers. To get started, log in through Ocean Connect.

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
MATH 156 Introduction to Statistics 3
SOWK 101 Introduction to Social Work 3
PSYC 172 General Psychology 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
SOCI 181 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOWK 207
Group Dynamics
or Abnormal Psychology
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
Elective 3, 4 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
SOWK 194 Interviewing and Communication Techniques 3
SOCI 282 Sociology of the Family 3
ANTH 134
Cultural Anthropology 3
or Race and Ethnicity
BIOL 114
Principles of Biological Science 3
or Science and the Human Body
Elective 3, 4 3
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
SOWK 201
Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
or Life Span Development
SOWK 202 Social Work Seminar and Practicum 3
PHIL 190 Introduction to Critical Thinking 3
Select from the following 4 3
America and the West After World War II  
American Federal Government  
Introduction to Political Science  
Elective 3, 4 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement.  If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.


Social Work students pursuing the Addictions Counseling Certificate can choose from the list of Addictions Counseling courses below. This particular choice in electives will allow students to complete 9 of the 18 credits required in the Addictions Counseling Certificate.


Course selections should be based on the requirements of the intended transfer to a four-year institution. Students should speak to their advisor for clarification.