Gogebic Community College

Social Work

Nature of the Work

Social Workers help individuals and families cope with problems such as homelessness or inadequate housing, unemployment, lack of job skills, handicaps, substance abuse, etc. They also work with families that have serious conflicts, including those involving child or spousal abuse or divorce.

Through direct counseling, social workers help clients bring their real concerns into the open and help them to consider solutions or find other resources. Most social workers specialize in one field such as child welfare and family services, mental health, medical social work, school social work, community organizations, or clinical social work.


Social Workers held about 557,000 jobs in 1994. Employment of social workers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005. The number of older people who are more likely to need services, is growing rapidly. Rising crime and juvenile delinquency, as well as the need for and concern about services to the mentally ill, the mentally retarded, and individuals and families in crisis are expected to grow. The employment prospects in hospitals, private practice, home health care services, and in schools is also expected to grow. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for most positions. A master’s degree in social work is generally necessary for positions in health and mental health settings and most public agencies. Salaries in 1993 were about $30,000 with MSW degrees. For those with BSW degrees, median earnings were between $17,500 to $20,000. In hospitals, salaries ranged from $26,700-$40,100.

The Program

While GCC does not offer a course title in Social Work, students may follow the recommended outline to satisfy general education requirements in preparation for Social Work programs at four-year institutions. It is advisable to work closely with the transfer coordinator at GCC, as well as the intended transfer institution, to select relevant courses for Social Work programs.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Social Work:

ORI 100 Freshman Orientation
ENG 101 English Composition I
ENG 102 English Composition II
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology or
PSY 210 Lifespan Development
PLS 101 Intro to American Government
PSY 204 Social Psychology
PSY 225 Psychology of Personality
PSY 295 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 102 Social Problems
ANT 105 Intro. to Cultural Anthropology
ECO 201 Macroeconomics or
ECO 101 American Economy
  Humanities Electives
  General Transfer Electives
General Science/Lab Science
  College Level Math

*Recommended Electives: ANT 225 Native American History, BUS 203 Business Communications, PSY 231 Adolescent Development & Learning, SPE 101 Public Speaking, PEH Physical Education/Health Promotion

Check with your advisor, transfer coordinator and/or transfer institution for preferred math, science and humanities.

Humanities: The two required Humanities course must come from two different disciplines, excluding studio and performance classes.

Social Sciences: The two required Social Science courses must come from two different disciplines.

Natural Sciences: The two required Natural Science courses must come from two different disciplines. One must include laboratory experience.

Communications: Students will take one course in English Composition and a second course in English Composition or one course in Communications.

For more information contact the Admissions Office
Phone 1-800-682-5910 ext. 207