Associate in Arts (AA)
Pre-Social Work

Benedetti, Debra

Assistant Dean, School of Human Services
Writing Coordinator
Professor of English
304-367-4803
201-A Jaynes Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
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King, Linda S.

Director of Tutoring
Professor of Mathematics
304-367-4081
Musik Library, 2nd Level
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
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Program Purpose: 

The Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies with a Social Work Concentration provides the basis for the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) offered by West Virginia University. This Associate of Arts degree is part of an articulation agreement between the two institutions.

The Pre-Social Work concentration and specifically the Introduction to Social Work class (SCY 2995) will provide the student with the comprehensive overview of the ways that social workers respond to a wide range of societal problems.

This program has more specific required courses than a traditional Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies because it has been specifically designed to meet the needs of prospective B.S.W students at WVU.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of the A.A. in Liberal Studies with a Social Work Concentration, graduates will be able to do the following:
  • Graduates with a 2.5 GPA meet the minimum academic qualifications for acceptance into the Social Work program at WVU
  • Graduates will have demonstrated competency in the outcomes of the individual general studies courses they completed.
Opportunities: 

Due to the articulation agreement Pierpont has with WVU, students who successfully complete this program will be able to compete for admission into one of 60 slots in the Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) program. Students will also be required to have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, 100 hours of documented paid or volunteer experience, a written personal statement, and a letter of reference for admission to WVU. 

This program will prepare students for transfer to a four year institution. 
Students must have a C or better in HUMN 2200 and SCY 2995 to be accepted into the BSW program at WVU
Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
12 CHs

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 480 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

MTH 1207 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.

GNED SCIE (General Education Science w/ lab) Prerequisite(s): Refer to the chosen general studies science elective course description to determine prerequisite requirements.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
40 CHs

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

COM 1171

Mass Communication
3
CH(s)

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ECON 2201

Economic Principles and Problems I (Macro)
3
CH(s)

GEOG 2210

Introduction to Geography
3
CH(s)

HST 1108

United States History II
3
CH(s)

HUMN 2200

Bridging Cultures: Work & Identity in a Global Workplace
3
CH(s)

INTR 2200

Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
3
CH(s)

POL 1101

American Government
3
CH(s)

PSYG 1101

Introduction to Psychology
3
CH(s)

SCIE 1100

Human Biology
4
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)

SOCY 1151

Introduction to Social Work
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Elective Coursework: 
8 CHs

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)

GENED SCIE may be filled with CHEM 1101, GEOL 1101 or SCIE 1120

Model Schedule
Fall Semester

ARTD 1120

Art Appreciation
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

PSYG 1101

Introduction to Psychology
3
CH(s)

SCY 1101

Introductory Sociology
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 480 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104.

MTH 1207 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 85, or ASSET Elementary Algebra score of 38. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be required to enroll in a 2-hour support class.

Spring Semester

ENGL 1108

Written English II
3
CH(s)

HST 1108

United States History II
3
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

INTR 2200

Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
3
CH(s)

SCIE 1100

Human Biology
4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

ENGL 1108 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.

Fall Semester

COM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

GEOG 2210

Introduction to Geography
3
CH(s)

GNED SCIE

General Studies Science
4
CH(s)

HUMN 2200

Bridging Cultures: Work & Identity in a Global Workplace
3
CH(s)

SOCY 1151

Introduction to Social Work
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

GNED SCIE may be filled with CHEM 1101, GEOL 1101 or SCIE 1120

Spring Semester

COM 1171

Mass Communication
3
CH(s)

ECON 2201

Economic Principles and Problems I (Macro)
3
CH(s)

POL 1101

American Government
3
CH(s)

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)

GNED ELE1

General Studies Elective
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
13 CHs
  • See advisor for the West Virginia University General Education Credits (GEC) for each Pierpont course.
  • WVU requires 100 hours of documented community service work PRIOR to admissions to the BSW program. 
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