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Academic Programs

Associate in Arts (620)

The profession of social work is devoted to helping people function optimally in their environment by providing direct and indirect services to individuals, families, groups, and communities, and by working to improve social conditions. Bachelor's degree programs in Social Work prepare students for careers in public and private agencies such as child welfare, mental health, corrections, shelters, and many other workplaces. Community college students interested in completing bachelor's degrees in social work are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts degree prior to transfer. Students should see faculty about the particular social work baccalaureate program for specific entry requirements. Since admission is competitive, completion of these courses alone does not guarantee admission.

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC counselor or academic advisor in planning their program. Individualized articulation sheets for some universities are available in the counseling office.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Counseling Office, 815/835-6354.


Suggested Program



First Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16

  • Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)

  • ENG 101 - Composition I 3 Semester hour(s)
  • FYE 101 - First Year Experience 1 Semester hour(s)
  • PHL 102 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 Semester hour(s)
  • PSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SPE 131 - Introduction to Oral Communication 3 Semester hour(s)

Second Semester - Sem/Hrs: 15

  • Personal Development 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Electives 3 Semester hour(s)

  • ENG 103 - Composition II 3 Semester hour(s)
  • MAT 240 - Elementary Statistics 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SOC 111 - Introduction to Sociology 3 Semester hour(s)

Third Semester - Sem/Hrs: 17

  • BIO 105 - Principles of Biology 5 Semester hour(s)
  • PHL 101 - Introduction to Logic and Formal Reasoning 3 Semester hour(s)
  • or

  • PHL 103 - Ethics and Social Policy 3 Semester hour(s)
  • PSY 217 - Abnormal Psychology 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SOC 112 - Social Problems 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SOC 200 - Introduction to Social Work 3 Semester hour(s)

Fourth Semester - Sem/Hrs: 16

  • Physical Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Elective 1 Semester hour(s)

  • ECO 211 - Principles of Economics 3 Semester hour(s)
  • GOV 163 - American Politics and Government 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SOC 116 - General Cultural Anthropology 3 Semester hour(s)
  • SOC 251 - Human Sexuality and Marriage 3 Semester hour(s)

Total Credits: 64

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