Associate Degree in Liberal Studies – Focus in Social Work

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About This Program

You know people face challenges in the world – maybe you’ve faced a few of them yourself. But unlike many, you feel a call to offer help. You want to show people how to help themselves, how to deal with the challenges they face and make their own lives better.

At SMCC, we can put you on that career path through our Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Social Work. The program prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in social work or human services. The curriculum is built on a foundation of general education classes, supplemented with elective courses that focus heavily on relevant coursework with some specialization.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC’s Associate in Arts degree with a focus in Social Work requires a mix of general education and interest-specific courses designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution in the major of their choice. The following courses are only a sampling of what you might take as a Liberal Studies student and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

General Education Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Electives in the following areas:
    • Diversity
    • Economics/Political Science
    • English Communications
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology/Sociology
    • Science with Lab

Recommended Electives

  • Biology with Lab
  • Introduction to Social Work/Welfare
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Behavioral Health Elective

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation

Transfer Agreements for Liberal Studies – Social Work

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

University of New England

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Social Work

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BS in Social Work (Online)

Saint Joseph's College

SMCC Degree Program: Liberal Studies – Social Work

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