Social Work

Program Description

Social work is viewed as an activity that seeks to help individuals, families, organizations, groups or communities engage resources that will alleviate human problems. Social work also is concerned with helping clients to develop capacities and strengths that will enhance their social functioning.

The two-year program at BSC prepares students with core courses toward a bachelor’s degree in social work. Suggested curriculum includes courses in psychology, ethics, statistics, government, cultural diversity, social welfare, human services, relationships/self esteem and professional writing, plus general education courses required by most four-year institutions.


Social workers should be emotionally mature, objective, flexible, creative and sensitive to people and their problems. They must be able to handle responsibility, work independently and maintain good working relationships with clients and coworkers. Typical practice involves diverse groups of people of various ages with different social and cultural backgrounds and life situations. All states have licensing, certification or registration requirements for social work practice.

Program Requirements

Students who follow the suggested curriculum at BSC earn an Associate in Arts degree after all requirements are completed.

BSC and Minot State University (MSU) have a cooperative agreement that allows BSC graduates with the Associate in Arts to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work from MSU on the BSC campus. BSC’s suggested curriculum prepares students for this option. Note that Minot State’s Social Work program requires completion of SWK 250: Interpersonal Skills prior to application. The course can be taken as a collaborative student while at BSC and used as an elective.

Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for possible BSC course substitutions, if needed.

Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Job opportunities for social workers are excellent and among the fastest growing occupations. Positions for school social workers are increasing along with demand for professionals in private practice. Jobs in health care and social assistance agencies are plentiful and for those with backgrounds in gerontology and substance abuse treatment.

Social workers impact the  world in a variety of settings: schools, social and human service agencies, healthcare facilities, child care agencies, correctional facilities, nursing homes, community based independent living programs, mental health centers, state and federal government positions.

Additional Information

While a bachelor’s degree in social work may be sufficient to enter the field, an advanced degree has become the standard for many positions.



Lisa Hoynes • Schafer Hall 319D

Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 1 3
Arts & Humanities  
Select one of the following: 1 3
Introduction to Philosophy  
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 1 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics (Recommended) 3
Math, Science & Technology Elective  
General Education Matrix (Math, Science & Technology Elective courses) 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 1 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 1 3
SOC 235
Cultural Diversity (Recommended)
or Minority Relations
Social Work Electives  
SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare 1 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 1 3
Select six elective credits 6
Math, Science & Technology  
Select one of the following course/lab pairs: 1 4
Concepts of Biology  
Concepts of Biology Lab  
Human Biology  
Human Biology Lab  
Social Work Electives  
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 1 3
POLS 115 American Government 1 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology (Recommended) 3
PSYC 270 Abnormal Psychology (Recommended) 3
 Total Credits60

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements