General Social Services Transfer AA

Last updated 5/28/2014

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

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

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Suggested: BIOL 250, ENG 132, PSYCH 119, PSYC 210, PSYC 212, PSYC 219, 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: »

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to culture, as an adaptive mechanism that provides for the survival of the human species that encompasses social organization, technology, economics, religion, and language as used by various peoples, in both traditional and technologically advanced societies. IAI: SI 901N

ART 100 Art Appreciation
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction of the world of fine and applied arts. Great works of art are examined as expressions of a culture, a historical period, the creative personality, and process of making art. IAI: F2 900

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

BIOL 250 Genetics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An introduction to the principles of Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics, immunogenetics and population genetics. Genetic technology, genetic diseases and genetic counseling are also discussed. IAI: L1 906

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.)

ENG 132 Technical Writing I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: COMM 100 and appropriate COMPASS score or COMM 100 and COMM 105 or ENG 101 “C” or better or BE 180 or instructor consent.
ENG 132 includes correspondence, memo reports, formal reports, abstracts, fact sheets, instructions and proposals. Includes use of a word processor.

HIST 127 Western Civilization II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: HIST 125 not required for enrollment.
Surveys expansion of Western civilization since the 17th century. Examines the age of kings, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the development of nationalism and industrialism, and the rising tide of violence in the 20th century. Particular emphasis is given to the spread of Western ideas and institutions throughout the world. IAI: H2 902

HIST 222 Comparative Religions
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course compares and contrasts the great religions of the world from the scholarly point of view as they emerged in Asia and developed throughout the world; the course focuses on their beliefs, practices, and work of inspiration.
IAI: H5 904N

HUM 101 Humanities I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to key concepts, major characteristics, and outstanding works in Western art, architecture, music, philosophy, theater, literature, and history from the Graeco-Roman world to the present. IAI: HF 900

IS 220 Global Issues
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course introduces students to contemporary global issues and international relations. These diverse, complex issues stem from the synergistic interaction of economic, socio-cultural, and political factors. This course examines various influences that impact global issues, such as nation-states, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as issues relating to gender, ethnicity, and power. The course also explores causes of conflicts and reviews potential solutions to contemporary global crises. IAI: S5 904

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 initial placement score (within the last 6 months) or MATH 086 or 090 or 091 “C” or better and Math 085.
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 101 Introduction to Philosophy
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate COMPASS score or ENG 091 or REA 098 “C” or better.
Some of the basic problems of philosophy. A consideration of the great philosophical systems dating from Socrates to the present. IAI: H4 900

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

PSYC 119  Understanding Human Sexuality
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides an integration of psychological, social, and biological components of human sexuality. Research methods, physiology, relationships, intimacy, commun­ication, sexual techniques, sexual behaviors, conception, pregnancy, sexual dysfunctions and sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual variances are investigated. Diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, and orientation are stressed throughout the course to facilitate a non-judgmental approach. The student will be prepared by this course for understanding most general sexual issues as they relate to their own lives and in populations they will encounter professionally.

PSYC 200 Human Growth and Development
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
Explores the neurobiological, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of humans from conception through adulthood. Examines theories and principles of human development in light of contemporary research, emphasizing normal developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing life-time demands. IAI: S6 902

PSYC 210 Personality Theories
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
Detailed analysis of major personality theorists in psychology from Freud to the present, emphasizing the examination of common threads in the evolution of personality theory as well as decided differences between and among individual theorists. The relationship between empirical and theoretical investigation and the reading of personality research are stressed.

PSYC 212 Experimental Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
This course introduces students to scientific inquiry in psychology. Students will gain an understanding of the research process in psychology by exploring the history and ethics of research and by reviewing and critically evaluating empirical literature. They will also gain experience formulating testable hypotheses, using various research methods and designs, and collecting and analyzing data using descriptive and inferential statistics.

PSYC 219 Understanding Human Sexuality
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Provides an integration of psychological, social, and biological components of human sexuality. Research methods, physiology, relationships, intimacy, communication, sexual techniques, sexual behaviors, conception, pregnancy, sexual dysfunctions and sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual variances are investigated. Diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, and orientation are stressed throughout the course to facilitate a non-judgmental approach. The student will be prepared by this course for understanding most general sexual issues as they relate to their own lives and in populations they will encounter professionally.

PSYC 230 Social Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
A systematic introduction to theory and research on the ways social factors influence individual and group behavior. Examines attitudes, social perception, the establishment of norms, conformity, leadership, group dynamics, and research methods, emphasizing their effects on the individual. IAI: S8 900

PSYC 250 Abnormal Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
An introduction to abnormal behavior, psychodiagnostic methods, theories of causation, specific pathologies, and modes of treatment. IAI: PSY 905

PSYC 262 Child Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 “C” or better.
Introduces theory and research on biological, physical, social, and cognitive development of the human child from conception to adolescence. Topics may include genetic factors, prenatal development, sensory and perceptual changes, motor system development, language acquisition, social learning, gender differences, atypical development, and such influences as the family, school, and sociocultural context. IAI: S6 903

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 251 Marriage and the Family
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: SOC 101.
Survey of the contemporary family in historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Includes trends in mate selection, marriage, child-rearing, employment, gender roles, and communication within the family. IAI: S7 902

SOC 255 Social Statistics
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: SOC 101 or PSYC 101; Math 086 or 091 or college level math COMPASS score.
Application and interpretation of basic statistics used in the behavioral sciences including descriptive statistics and an introduction to inferential statistics.

SOC 264 Social Psychology of Aging
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Process and consequences of aging; interplay between social and psychological forces and the aging population; psychological dimensions of aging. IAI: S6 905

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

SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Examines skills needed in informal face-to-face communication; emphasizes self-concept and interaction with others.