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General Social Services Transfer AA

Last updated 7/1/2015

Associate in Arts Code 1026

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Bruce LeBlanc, 309-796-5431, leblancb@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in social work or a related human service field at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since most colleges and universities require specific courses for a social work major, students should consult with the contact person listed above for additional information.

This curriculum provides a liberal arts foundation to develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the bio-psycho-social-cultural characteristics of humankind. Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication skills and multicultural content.

Students who complete an AA degree with a concentration in General Social Service may find paraprofessional employment in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and elderly services as outreach workers, case aides, social service designees, and mental health technicians. Students can select from a variety of electives to pursue their interests in fields such as child welfare, substance abuse, and gerontology. Students who complete a bachelor’s degree in social work are employed in family and child welfare services, aging services, mental health and health related fields, criminal justice, and other areas of social welfare services.

General Social Services Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1026
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
BIOL 101 — General Human Biology (4)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
PSYC 101 — Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC 101 — Principles of Sociology (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)

Second Semester
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
PHIL 103 — Ethics (3)
1Electives (7)

Third Semester
ECON 221 — Principles of Micro Economics (3)
SOC 290 — Studies in Sociology (1)
3Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)
4Non-Western Elective (3)
Physical Science (3)
2Social Science (3)

Fourth Semester
LIB 250 — Field Study (1)
MATH 108 — Statistics for General Education (3)
SOC 222 — Introduction to Social Work (3)
SOC 250 — Minority Relations (3)
Fine Arts (3)
1Electives (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Suggested: BIOL 250, ENG 132, PSYC 119, PSYC 210, PSYC 212, PSYC 230, PSYC 250, SOC 251, SOC 255, SOC 264, SOC 290 (Internship), SPEC 114
2Suggested: PSYC 200, PSYC 262, SOC 264
3Suggested: HIST 127, PHIL 101, HUM 101, ART 100
4Suggested: ANTH 102, IS 220, HIST 222

Courses for this program include: »

BIOL 101 General Human Biology
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Intended for non-science majors. Primary organism of study is the human with current biological principles stressed. Includes cell organization, diseases of the human, development, genetics and ecology. IAI: L1 904L

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ECON 221 Principles of Macro Economics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Study of the basic macro economic principles of a capitalistic economy, its strengths and weaknesses including supply and demand, prices, role of government, national income measurement and determination, money, banking, monetary and fiscal policies, inflation and unemployment, international trade and payments. IAI: S3 901

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

LIB 250 Field Study
1-4 cr. hrs.;
0.5-2 lecture hrs; 2.5-18 lab hrs per week.
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
For the student with a special interest or educational need that is related to a job or a work setting and who wishes to complete a practicum within the area. A weekly seminar meeting is included.

MATH 108 Statistics for General Education
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MATH 086, 090, 091 or 094 “C” or better.
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. Descriptive methods (frequency distributions, graphing and measures of location and variation), basic probability theory (sample spaces, counting, factorials, combinations, permutations, and probability laws), probability distributions (normal distributions and normal curve, binomial distributions, and random samples and sampling techniques), statistical inference (estimation, hypothesis testing, t-test, and chi-square test, and errors), correlation and regression, and f-test and analysis of variance. IAI: M1 902

PHIL 103 Ethics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Presents an introduction to the moral problems of society with an emphasis on concepts and systems. IAI: H4 904

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS required, or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
Scientific examination of human society and social behavior. Concentrates on human behavior and assumes that it is largely shaped by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction taking place in these groups. Acquire a basic sociological understanding and sensitivity to the issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. IAI: S7 900

SOC 222 Introduction to Social Work
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101 or instructor consent.
Introductory survey of social work in the context of the social welfare services and policies, including their historical origins, conceptual framework, and contemporary foci. Overviews principal social work values, codes of ethics, practice methods, research considerations, and policy issues. Emphasizes the unique experiences of diverse and at-risk population groups facing various social challenges.

SOC 250 Minority Relations
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines racial, ethnic, and gender minorities. A comprehensive overview of major sociological theories regarding interaction between dominant and minority groups and an investigation of the experiences of minorities in the United States. IAI: S7 903D

SOC 290 Studies in Sociology
1-3 cr. hrs.;
1-3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Focuses on selected topics from a sociological perspective, including such topics as child maltreatment, addictions, juvenile justice, family violence, death and dying, and field studies.

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900