Social Work


Program Information

Career Community: Social Sciences
Degree Type: A.S. 
Program Location: Main Campus

What is Social Work Emphasis General Transfer Major?


Social work is a profession for those with a strong desire to help improve people’s lives. Social workers assist people by helping them cope with issues in their everyday lives, deal with their relationships, and solve personal and family problems. Some social workers help clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, or substance abuse. Social workers also assist families that have serious domestic conflicts sometimes involving child or spousal abuse. Some social workers conduct research, advocate for improved services, engage in systems design, or are involved in planning or policy development. Many social workers specialize in serving a particular population or working in a specific setting. (source: National Association of Social Workers)

This program is provided for students who plan to earn an Associate of Science Degree for transfer toward a Bachelor of Science Degree at a four-year college. This program is also suitable for the student who wishes to complete only the two-year program at Cleveland State and enter the workforce as a social work assistant.

Social Work Degree

Program Outcomes

As a social work assistant (A.S.) or a social worker (B.S.W.) you will:

  • Identify as a professional social work assistant (A.S.) or a professional social worker (B.S.W.) and conduct oneself accordingly.
  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  • Apply knowledge of human behavior in the social environment.
  • Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  • Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  • Engage , assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

Social Work A.S. Degree

  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • SWRK 2010 – Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)
  • SOCI 1010 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • PHIL 1040 OR RELS 2020 (Introduction to Ethics OR Religions of the World) (3 credits)


  • ENGL 1020 – English Composition II (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1030 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • ART 2000 OR MUS 1030 (Art History Survey I OR Introduction to Music) (3 credits)
  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • SWRK 2050 – Crisis and Mental Health (3 credits)
  • BIOL 1010 – Introduction to Biology (4 credits)
  • SWRK 2040 – Interviewing Skills (3 credits)
  • SWRK 2060 – Family and Children Services (3 credits)
  • HIST 2310 OR HIST 2010 (Early World History OR Early United States History) (3 credits)
  • ENGL 2110 OR ENGL 2310 (Early American Literature OR Early World Literature) (3 credits)


  • BIOL 1020 – Diversity of Life (4 credits)
  • SWRK 2030 – Introduction to Social Welfare and Policy (3 credits)
  • SWRK 1130 OR SWRK 1320 OR SOCI/SWRK 2040 (Substance Abuse OR Aging in America OR Cultural Diversity) (3 credits)
  • HIST 2320 OR HIST 2020 (Modern World History OR Modern United States History) (3 credits)
  • SWRK 1060 – Social Work Practicum (1 credit)

Contact Cleveland State about Social Sciences


Dr. Ryan Thompson, Dean of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Talk to Us: (423) 478-6229