Degrees and Programs

Associate of Arts in Social Work

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Why Choose Social Work?

The social work major prepares your to transfer to a four-year social work program. The student who earns this degree may find employment as a social work assistant. You will prepare to become an ethical and competent practitioner who works with individuals, families, groups, and communities for social and economic justice. You can also look forward to being a lifelong learner who continues to make contributions to the profession. 

From this two-year program, you can transfer seamlessly to the four-year social work program at the Dayton Campus or into related programs like psychology, business, sociology, or rehabilitation. A degree in social work from an accredited educational institution is a prerequisite to becoming a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Ohio.


Consider social work as a career if you are interested in people of widely varying ages, abilities, and backgrounds. You also need to be disciplined, emotionally stable, and intellectually creative. While most social workers perform direct practice duties, others are employed as outreach workers, community organizers, and administrators in public, voluntary, and for-profit agencies. Newer fields are also opening up for social workers, such as services to older adults.

This degree prepares you for entry-level work as a social work assistant in a wide range of employment settings and is a good foundation for pursuing a four-year degree, which expands your career opportunities. Often, graduates will work for family services, children's services, public schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and probation and parole boards.

What can you do with a degree in social work? Recent social work graduates are currently working in:

  • Adoption services
  • Children’s services
  • County prosecutor’s office
  • County probation office
  • Emergency housing facilities
  • Family services
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health centers
  • Older adult living facilities
  • Probation and parole boards
  • Public schools
  • Victim crisis Intervention

View the social work program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections

Real-World Experience

We arm our students with the knowledge and experiences they need to transition from student to professional. Students gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, service-learning opportunities, internships, and research projects.

Academics and Curriculum

View Associate of Arts in Social Work program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in social work.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in social work.


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