Social Work


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Program Overview

The Social Work emphasis area, offered on our Alliance, Scottsbluff and Sidney campuses, is designed to help individuals, social groups and society to function more effectively. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human behavior, social institutions, and ethnic groups. It is recommended that a student entering this field of study take courses in the Spanish language.

A Social Work major may choose to work in such fields as child welfare, aging, alcoholism, family counseling, and corrections. Students are expected to take. courses in support areas such as science, mathematics, social science, and language arts. It should be noted that a Social Work major does not necessarily fit into the Human Service Work program or a general psychology program.


  • Fulfill the graduation requirements for the Associate of Arts degree.
  • Facilitate the students entry into a baccalaureate program in social work at a four-year college or university.
  • Stimulate students' interest in their own self-growth as they increase their understanding of others.
  • Provide students with the knowledge that could make them employable by community agencies in human service areas.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Arts in Social Work

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the median pay for Social Workers with at least a bachelor's degree was $44,200 per year. Growth in jobs in this field for the decade 2012-2022 was projected to be 19%, faster than average. (

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