Social Work

 Behavioral Sciences and Human Services

Social Work is an interdisciplinary field involving economics, education, sociology, medicine, philosophy, politics and psychology, which as a discipline and profession, seeks to improve the quality of life and well-being of an individual, group or community. This is done through policy, organizing, practice and teaching. While this is one area of practice, child protective services is just a sliver of the scope of social work. Social workers can be counselors in a private practice, work in hospitals, conduct substance abuse treatment counseling, work in government agencies (like the Veterans Administration or in the military setting), provide mental health counseling in psychiatric hospitals, direct and practice in social services agencies.

Service Learning Opportunities

Services learning focuses equally on a service being provided and the learning taking place. Service learning meets a learning goal and involves reflection. Social Work courses seek to embed service learning into the classroom through projects that positively impact the community as well as the students. On-campus and site-based opportunities are available. After completing service hours and projects, you may be eligible to apply for Service Learning Scholarships. 

Program Location

Washington Campus 

Job Titles**

Activist, Addictions Counselor, Advocate, Behavioral Health Coach, Case Manager, Community Educator,
Community Organizer, Counselor, Grant Writer, Parent Liaison, Program Manager, Trauma Worker, Welfare Worker

Program Cost

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.

Employment Outlook

**For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, as well as wage and employment trend information. Also visit the National Association of Social Workers job exploration website. 


GateWay offers Social Work courses focused on contemporary social welfare services and policy. These courses are part of the Maricopa-ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) 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

MAPP is a prescribed sequence of classes for students to take at GateWay in preparation for a desired ASU bachelor's degree. Students who complete a MAPP within three years of signing up are guaranteed admission into the specified ASU degree program. For more MAPP information, visit



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.