The social work program is part of the ACC Sociology and Social Work Department. Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to enhance the quality of life and well-being of individuals, families, couples, groups, and communities through direct practice (micro social work – case work, counseling, advocacy, etc.) and to effect system-wide change through in-direct practice (macro social work – community organizing, policy, administration, research and teaching). What distinguishes social work from other helping professions is its focus on the person-in-environment model and its strengths-based approach.
The diverse field of social work includes many types of jobs that all have one thing in common: to enhance the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities with a particular focus on empowering vulnerable populations and promoting social change.
The Associate of Arts degree in Social Work provides you with the first two years of social work courses and prepares you to transfer to an institution that grants a baccalaureate degree.