Associate in Arts

Liberal Arts (Social Work Transfer)

Contact Information 

Char Schuler, department chair
Old Main 442

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton
Online: Some Classes

The Social Work transfer curriculum plan is designed to prepare students with the general education and introductory courses necessary to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.


Social workers typically do the following:

  • Identify people and communities in need of help
  • Assess clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals
  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Research, refer, and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare, to assist and improve a client’s well-being
  • Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies
  • Monitor clients' situations, and follow up to ensure that they have improved
  • Maintain case files and records
  • Provide psychotherapy services


The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of social workers to grow 9 percent through 2031, which faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: United States Department of Labor. (n.d).  U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Transfer Options

Students interested in transferring to a four-year undergraduate program will find that completion of the Social Work transfer curriculum plan will provide them with a number of options. Students typically transfer into accredited Social Work programs at a number of colleges and universities.

Admission Requirements

The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Applicants may be required to complete a basic skills evaluation during the admissions process. Applicants are invited to visit the program.


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts.

Social Work Core Courses



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General Education Electives (21 Credits)

Below are some suggested courses you can take. You would only need to take 21 credits. This list is just a recommended list.

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