Human Services: Pre-Social Work Transfer, A.A.

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Program Information

Jumpstart your career in the field of social work with Iowa Western’s Human Services Pre-Social Work program. This program is designed for students who will earn an Associate of Arts degree and then transfer to four-year institutions that carry social work programs accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. Social workers play an important role in the lives of people who are going through difficult times. You’ll be trained to help solve personal, family, and community problems as well as assisting clients in dealing with everyday life events. You’ll work closely with Iowa Western faculty advisors who will guide you through your degree and assist you with your future transfer and career plans. Iowa Western graduates have earned positions in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and public agencies.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

What will you do

The Human Services Pre-Social Work program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution with social work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Human Services Pre-Social Work curriculum stresses general education coursework. In this field, a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for most entry-level positions and a master’s degree is generally required for advancement, or to work in mental or health care settings.


  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Child, Family, and School Assistants
  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
  • Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Community Health Workers

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First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I

PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology

MAT 121 - College Algebra

MAT 157 - Statistics

ECN 120 - Principles of Macroeconomics

HSV 140 - Social Work and Social Welfare

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II

BIO 112 - General Biology I

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

HSV 225 - Counseling Techniques

HSV 132 - Fundamentals of Case Management


Third Semester

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology

HIS 152 - U.S. History Since 1877

HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies

HSV 115 - Agency and Community Resources

Fourth Semester

POL 111 - American National Government

HSV 228 - Group Counseling Techniques

HSV 802 - Internship

Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Recognize the professional characteristics of a human services worker.
  • Demonstrate effective interviewing and counseling skills when engaging clients.
  • Compose the written documentation required of a human services case manager.
  • Assemble a comprehensive service plan.
  • Recognize the dynamics of vulnerable persons and special populations.
  • Evaluate community and agency resources.

Program Disclaimers

  • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa