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Social Work

What Is Social Work?

Social workers are trained professionals responsible for assisting 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.

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

9080 Social Work Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Social Work

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)


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): 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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