AA, Social Work

This is a draft edition of the 2022-2023 catalog. Information is subject to change.

Program Description

The Associate of Arts, Social Work degree is designed for students seeking careers in social work or related fields. The degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum. Program specific curriculum provides students with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and an overview of modern practice in social work. In addition, students will be introduced to social work research, human development, and social welfare history. This course of study is designed as a university transfer program that substantially meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the B.S.W in social work at UNR. In addition, students have the possibility to begin work on a minor in addiction treatment services at UNR. Students wishing to transfer to any other baccalaureate program should work closely with TMCC advisors and advisors at the institution of transfer to obtain recommended courses for transfer.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Mathematics 5 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
Fine Arts/Diversity 5 3
U.S. & Nevada Constitutions/Humanities 5 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
SW 101 Introduction to Social Work 3
BIOL 100 General Biology for Non-Majors 3
COM 101 Oral Communication 3
SOC 275 Introduction to Marriage and the Family 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
PSY 105 Introduction to Neuroscience 3
SW 250 Social Welfare, History, and Policy 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
CPD 116 Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts and Insights 3
HDFS 201 Lifespan Human Development 3
PSY 241 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3
Science 4 3
PHIL 102 Critical Thinking and Reasoning 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree. 


See program recommendations or requirements.


If you opt to take CH 203 as recommended to fulfill U.S. and Nevada Constitutions, you will need three elective units. 

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
English 13-6
Must include:
Composition II
Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
Fine Arts3
Recommended: Select one of the following to also fulfill Diversity.
Survey of African, Oceanic, & Native American Art
Women in Art
Dance Appreciation
Theatre: a Cultural Context
American Experiences and Constitutional Change 2
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
General Biology for Non-Majors
Social Science
SOC 101Principles of Sociology3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
U.S. & Nevada Constitutions[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Degree Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BIOL/PSY 105Introduction to Neuroscience3
COM 101Oral Communication3
CPD 116Substance Abuse-Fundamental Facts and Insights3
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
HDFS 201Lifespan Human Development3
PHIL 102Critical Thinking and Reasoning3
PSY 101General Psychology3
PSY 241Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
SW 101Introduction to Social Work3
SW 250Social Welfare, History, and Policy3
Introduction to Marriage and the Family
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


See options to complete foreign language requirements and consult with Academic Advisement.

Students completing this degree will:

  • Apply knowledge about diversity and difference in specific social work scenarios.
  • Engage in research-informed practices and apply these practices to their coursework.
  • Apply critical analysis of specific social work scenarios. 

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.