Social Work

Program Overview

It’s comforting to know there are people in the world looking out for the underrepresented. Social workers come to the aid of individuals, families, and special groups to create a safer and more equitable community. A career in social work would be ideal for those looking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable populations — better known as your future clients.

Classes in social work prepare students for a future in aiding in the world of human services and behavioral health. You will also learn to differentiate between facts and assumptions to explain the impacts of mental health as well as institutional racism, sexism, and ageism. Envision a career bettering the lives of those affected by war, crime, domestic violence, mental illness, and refugee resettlement. And you can start right now.

Are you ready to make a difference? Begin your rewarding path toward Social Work today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why GateWay Community College?

As a GateWay Community College student in this field, you are able to start your bachelor's degree at a significant savings. Through partnerships with our state universities, you are able to transfer many of your credits earned at GateWay. 

Review the course requirements for complete details, and work with an advisor regarding pathways to transfer credits to one of the state universities. 

GateWay offers Social Work courses focused on contemporary social welfare services and policy and include:

  • SWU171 - Introduction to Social Welfare
  • SWU291 - Social Service Delivery Systems (includes a 40-hour internship in social service sector)
  • SWU295 - Effective Helping in a Diverse World

These are a prescribed sequence of classes for students to take at GateWay in preparation for a desired Arizona State University bachelor's degree. Students who complete these within three years of signing up are guaranteed admission into the specified ASU degree program. For more information, visit https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/maricopa.

Program Location

Washington Campus 

Program Cost Estimate*

Associate in Arts: $5,774

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.