What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

ALL REQUIRED CLASSES TO EARN A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Social Work Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 770-274-5588

What Is Social Work?

Social workers are trained professionals responsible for helping people with personal and social challenges affecting their lives. Social workers help clients with disabilities, health crises and family conflicts, delinquency, substance abuse, unemployment and others. At the advanced level, students become familiar with community partnerships and resource development. Social work is a field for those with a passion for social justice, an interest in social policy and a love of working with people from all walks of life.

Why Study Social Work?

Studying social work strengthens students’ ability to think critically about the world around them, to better understand the role of social structure in our lives and to learn to put theory into practice. Students will take coursework in research methods, social theory, communications and social welfare policy.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

Social Work Pathway, A.S.

Phone: 770-274-5588

What Is Social Work?

Social workers are trained professionals responsible for helping people with personal and social challenges affecting their lives. Social workers help clients with disabilities, health crises and family conflicts, delinquency, substance abuse, unemployment and others. At the advanced level, students become familiar with community partnerships and resource development. Social work is a field for those with a passion for social justice, an interest in social policy and a love of working with people from all walks of life.

Why Study Social Work?

Studying social work strengthens students’ ability to think critically about the world around them, to better understand the role of social structure in our lives and to learn to put theory into practice. Students will take coursework in research methods, social theory, communications and social welfare policy.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

63.4% of Perimeter College students receive financial assistance.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online

Learn more about the online program

ALL REQUIRED CLASSES TO EARN A DEGREE CAN BE COMPLETED ONLINE

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by August 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by December 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Students should consult with advisors to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisors about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Careers

Most social workers continue their education through the bachelor’s degree level. Licensure in many states requires a degree at the master’s level. Social work as a career field is growing rapidly. The employment outlook for social workers is expected to increase by 19 percent during the decade ending in 2022, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social workers find employment in a variety of interesting workplaces, including:

    ·       Clinics
    ·       Courts
    ·       Hospitals
    ·       Military installations
    ·       Nursing homes
    ·       Police departments/corrections
    ·       Private businesses
    ·       Government and other public agencies
    ·       Drug rehabilitation programs
    ·       Schools

For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pathway Details

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

9080 Social Work Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Social Work

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)

Recommendations

Area D: 

  • Recommended courses: BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1104, with their labs
  • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics is required in Area F. Another course should be chosen for the Area D2 mathematics/technology course.

Area E: 

  • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3), ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3), PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3), and SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3) are required in Area F. A different course should be chosen in Area E.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

Required Courses (18):

  • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SW 2000 Introduction to Social Work (3)

A separate application and decision process is required before a student can be formally accepted into the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.). The priority application deadline is May 15 prior to the junior year. However, applications will be accepted after that date until August 1 on a space availability basis. (B.S.W. applications are NOT processed between August – December.) For a student to be considered for the B.S.W., the student must:

  1. Be in good standing at Georgia State University with a minimum institutional GPA of 2.5.
  2. File a formal application in the school for B.S.W. status.
  3. Have grades of C or higher in English 1101 and 1102.
  4. Have successfully completed Areas A through F (except SW 2000).
  5. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or better in the lower-division courses counted for completion of Areas A-F and a minimum grade of C or higher in SW 2000, if completed.

More information about the B.S.W. can be found at socialwork.gsu.edu/.


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Admissions
For help with applying or admissions, please review our website, visit a campus office, or contact us at 404-413-2500.

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
jredmond@gsu.edu
770-274-5402

Alicia Braswell, Administrative Assistant
abraswell@gsu.edu
770-274-5588

Alpharetta Campus

Adam Stone, Associate Department Chair of Social Science
astone@gsu.edu
678-240-6231

Contessa Paige,Administrative Assistant
cpaige@gsu.edu
678-240-6037

Clarkston Campus

George Vargis, Associate Department Chair of History and Political Science
gvargis@gsu.edu
678-891-2402

Marc Zayac, Department Associate Chair of Social Science
mzayac@gsu.edu
678-891-3289

Mary Brown, Administrative Assistant
Mbrown198@gsu.edu
678-891-3368

Decatur Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business
kwheelcarter@gsu.edu
678-891-3401

Donna McLean, Administrative Assistant
dmclean@gsu.edu
678-891-2613

Dunwoody Campus

John C. Redmond, Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
jredmond@gsu.edu
770-274-5402

Alicia Braswell
abraswell@gsu.edu
770-274-5588

Newton Campus

Karen Wheel-Carter, Associate Department Chair of Social Science/Business
kwheelcarter@gsu.edu
678-891-3401

 

Online

Ursula Thomas, Associate Department Chair of Cultural and Behavioral Science
Uthomas3@gsu.edu
770-274-5408

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