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FALL 2020 SEMESTER AND COVID-19 UPDATE: The EMCC campus is open to EMCC employees, students attending on-campus classes, or those with an appointment. All student support services are available online. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors for additional information.

Social Work


Social work is a professional and academic discipline that seeks to promote human and community well-being. Many people immediately connect child protective services with social work. While this is one area of practice, child protective services is just a sliver of the scope of social work. Social workers can be counselors in a private practice, work in hospitals, conduct substance abuse treatment counseling, work in government agencies (like the Veterans Administration or in the military setting), provide mental health counseling in psychiatric hospitals, direct and practice in social services agencies. For a more complete listing and explanation of jobs in the field of social work, check out the National Association of Social Workers job exploration website. 

Social workers often work with individuals, but also conduct interventions and prevention with groups and within communities. Another important aspect of social work is the focus on those who are affected by social disadvantages such as poverty, mental and physical illness, disability, and social injustice, including violations of civil liberties and human rights. 

Why Social Work @ EMCC?

The education of social workers begins right here at EMCC. The college offers several core courses that will establish a strong foundation for transfer to a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) program.  Those courses include:

  • SWU 102 Introduction to Social Work (in person and online)
  • SWU 291 Social Service Delivery Systems (includes 40 hours service learning experience) (in person and online)
  • SWU 292 Effective Helping in a Diverse World (in person and online)
  • REC 120 Leisure and Quality of Life

Since EMCC does not offer an associate degree in social work, students typically attain an Associate in General Studies degree and take the social work courses offered at EMCC to transfer into a BSW program. It is critical that students interested in this degree path work with an EMCC academic advisor or a transfer specialist from the university to which they intend to transfer to ensure the best academic pathway.

Getting Involved

EMCC provides a campus environment that promotes diversity, civic engagement and human rights through events and student clubs. EMCC also began the Social Work Club in fall 2014. The mission of the Social Work Club is to provide opportunities to connect and serve in the local community and internationally, broaden students’ understanding of the field of social work, and provide guidance on the most direct path to transferring to a BSW program. From Amsterdam to Avondale and Ireland to the West Valley, learn more by contacting the Office of Student Life and Leadership.

Career and Employment Outlook

In addition to the NASW Career exploration page, the ASU Undergraduate Degree-Social Work page offers a wealth of information including varying career opportunities and salary ranges.

University Transfer Options

Maricopa Degree Options

At EMCC, get a degree in... And transfer to a university to get a degree in...
Associate in General Studies Bachelor of Social Work

Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program

This program has an MAPP (Maricopa-ASU Pathway Program) option. For more information about the MAPP program and to find additional information, see the MAPP page.