Liberal Studies - Pre-Social Work Concentration

Program Purpose:

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Social Work Concentration provides the basis for the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) offered by West Virginia University.

This Associate of Arts degree is part of an articulation agreement between the two institutions.

The Pre-Social Work concentration and specifically the Introduction to Social Work class will provide the student with the comprehensive overview of the ways that social workers respond to a wide range of societal problems.

This program has more specific required courses than a traditional Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies because it has been specifically designed to meet the needs of prospective B.S.W students at WVU.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the A.A. in Liberal Studies with a Social Work Concentration, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Meet the minimum academic qualifications for acceptance into the SocialWork program at WVU


Students who successfully complete this program will be able to compete for admission into one of 60 slots in the Bachelor’s of Social Work program at WVU. (Students will also be requiredto have an overall GPA of 2.25 or higher, 100 hours of documented paid or volunteer experience, a written personal statement, and a letter of reference.)

Students may also choose to apply thisAssociate of Arts in Liberal Studies degree to anyBachelor’s program at Fairmont State University, where it will satisfy all Liberal Studies requirements.

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