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2020-2021

Bachelor of Social Work

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Applied Sciences: Human Services, Pre-Social Work Specialization (John Tyler Community College)
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Program description

The goals of the profession of social work are to provide services to persons who are vulnerable due to a lack of personal, social and/or institutional resources to meet their emotional, health and economic needs. Social work practice is the application of professional knowledge, skills and values across a range of settings and populations. The focus of practice is on individuals, couples, families, groups and communities. In addition to direct clinical social work practice, social workers are involved in the administration of human service programs, social planning, the development of social policies, research and evaluation, and teaching. In order to achieve the goals of promoting social justice and enhancing well-being for individuals, families, groups and communities, social workers provide a variety of services primarily in public and nonprofit organizational contexts. Examples of the range of settings in which social workers practice include community centers, public social services, child welfare, residential treatment facilities, schools, community mental health agencies, family and children’s service agencies, psychiatric and acute care hospitals, substance abuse treatment facilities, services for the elderly, court services and adult and juvenile rehabilitation facilities. Social work practice is designed to enrich quality of life by enabling individuals, groups, communities and organizations to achieve their greatest potential development. The goal of the School of Social Work at VCU is to provide professional education in response to these needs.

Career opportunities

A B.S.W. degree enables our graduates to empower others and effect change in prevalent areas such as: Addiction, substance abuse and behavioral health; Aging; Child welfare; Community development; Corrections/justice; Developmental disabilities; Employment/occupational social work; Family services/group services; Health care services; Homelessness/housing; International social work; Mental health; Public welfare; Rehabilitation; School social work. When our students enter the field as professionals, they do so equipped with a nuanced understanding of the day-to-day demands of the job and a commitment to meeting the challenges of social work with strength and compassion. A bachelor's in social work can prepare students for graduate or professional education in social work, sociology, counseling, psychology, law, medicine, education, college student personnel, higher education administration, planning, and other related fields. Many transferable skills such as analytical, organizational, research, interpersonal, computer, leadership, teamwork, and oral/written communication are associated with the social work degree. Internships, part-time jobs, summer jobs, and/or volunteer experiences are critical to reaching career goals. Research fields of interests and gain the right skills, experiences, and advanced degrees (if necessary).

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Child, Family, and School Social Worker
  • Community and Social Service Specialist, Other
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Patient Representative
  • Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • Social Workers
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Counselor
  • Government Agency Administrator
  • Higher Education Administrator
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • 1-2 additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5 to declare/2.0 to graduate

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Bachelor of Social Work

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Applied Sciences: Human Services, Pre-Social Work Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV 100
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend Tyler orientation
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to social work through the career coach.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival)
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV 100
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes. Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend Tyler orientation
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to social work through the career coach.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus and in your community (i.e. international festival)
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Continue to partner with diversity leader/ facilitator/ mentor to move towards cultural competence
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Social Work

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Applied Sciences: Human Services, Pre-Social Work Specialization)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
MTH 154Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313General education
HMS 100Introduction to Human Services (students must complete a social work-designated section with a minimum grade of “B”)SLWK 2013Major
HMS 251Substance Abuse ITREL 2XX3Elective
PSY 200Principles of PsychologyPSYC 1013Major
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
BIO 101General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
HIS ___History elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122VCU equivalent3General education
MEN 101Mental Health Skills Training I (minimum grade of “B”)SLWK 2XX3Elective
PSY 230Developmental Psychology PSYC 3043Major
ENG 210Advanced Composition (approved substitute for CST 100)ENGL 3043Elective
MEN 102Mental Health Skills Training II (minimum grade of “B”)SLWK 2303Major
BIO 102General Biology II (approved substitute for MTH 245)BIOL/Z 1524General education
PHI 220EthicsPHIL 2013Major
SOC 200Principles of SociologySOCY 1013Major
ENG ___Literature elective (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252ENGL ___3General education
Foreign LanguageForeign Language 101 Note: the Bachelor of Social Work requires completion of a foreign language through the 102 levelVCU equivalent4General education
MEN 190Coordinated PracticeSLWK 2XX3Elective
MEN 196On-site TrainingSLWK 2XX3Elective
SOC 211Principles of AnthropologyANTH 1033Major
John Tyler Credits Transferred to VCU64
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign LanguageForeign language through the 102 level. 4General education (not waived by associate degree)
HumanitiesSelect one of the following: ENGL 215, PHIL 250, RELS 108.3Major (collateral )
PSYC 407Psychology of the Abnormal3Major (collateral)
SLWK 311Social Work and Oppressed Groups3Major
SLWK 313Person in Society I3Major
SLWK 330Person in Society II3Major
SLWK 332Social Work Practice: Fundamentals3Major
SLWK 380Foundations of Social Work Research I3Major
SLWK 381Foundations of Social Work Research II3Major
SLWK 393Junior Field Instruction3Major
SLWK 422Social Welfare Legislation and Services3Major
SLWK 431Person in Society III3Major
SLWK 441Social Work Practice I3Major
SLWK 442Social Work Practice II3Major
SLWK 494Senior Field Instruction I3Major
SLWK 495Senior Field Instruction II3Major
SLWK 499Senior Seminar (capstone)1Major
Select two open electives HIST, POLI, or ECON6Elective
Credits Completed at VCU56
Bachelor's degree total120
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