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Pre-Social Work Program

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world. - Jane Addams, Founder of the Social Work Profession in U.S. and Nobel Peace Prize Winner

What is Social Work?

A crucial part of the mental health profession, Social Work is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals burdened by psychological, health, economic, relationship, substance abuse or other issues. Social Workers can be found in schools, shelters, mental health clinics, nursing homes, hospitals or in private practice.  In addition to counseling patients/clients one-on-one, social workers may also be involved in research, crisis intervention, policy making and community organizing, often providing a voice to those who are socially disadvantaged.          

Pre-Social Work at Macomb

In Macomb’s Pre-Social Work Program, you will take the introductory courses that will prepare you to advance through a social work program at a four-year college or university. You will be introduced to the social work profession and the factors that produced social welfare services.  You will learn about the development and organization of human societies, psychology’s role as a behavioral science and public policy making and its relation to social services.  You will also participate in a variety of service learning opportunities on class time that will introduce you to local programs serving those who are socially disadvantaged.  

Pre-Social Work Courses Macomb

In Macomb’s Pre-Social Work Program, you will take courses that will prepare you to transfer to a Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program including:

  • Western Civilization
  • The World Since 1945
  • Changing of America, 1945 to Present
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introduction to Latin America or Introduction to Japan
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to American Politics

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Arts Degree in Pre-Social Work

With an Associate of Arts Degree in Pre-Social Work, you would be qualified for positions that include social & human service assistant. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) is required for a position as a social worker, with a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) required for most.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)  Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Pre-Social Work Program will transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor of Social Work Degree speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Pre-Social Work Program?

For more information on the Pre-Social Work Program, contact the Associate Dean: 586.286.2282, 596.445.7354,

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