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.

Employment

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

The Social Work program at Gogebic Community College is designed to provide students with the core courses required for an Associate Degree that will transfer to a college or university for a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Requirements

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

COURSE  
CREDIT
ORI 100 Freshman Orientation
1
ENG 101 English Composition I
3
ENG 102 English Composition II
3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
PSY 101 General Psychology
3
PLS 101 Intro to American Government
3
PSY 202 Child Development & Psychology or
4
PSY 210 Lifespan Development
SOC 102 Social Problems
3
PSY 225 Psychology of Personality
3
PLS 102 State & Local Government
3
SOC 103 Introduction to Anthropology
3
PSY 295 Abnormal Psychology
3
ECO 201 Macroeconomics
3
  Humanities Electives
9
  Transfer Electives
9
  Physical Education Elective
3
  Lab Science Requirement
4
  Math/Science Requirement
4
  TOTAL CREDITS
62-63

Students should check with transfer school and faculty advisor for specific choices.

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