Social Work Option, Liberal Arts A.A.


do you have a passion for helping others solve the challenges and difficulties they face?

If you enjoy interacting with people who face a variety of challenges and you want to make a positive difference in the world around you, a career in social work may be the perfect fit for you. In your studies at Gulf Coast, you will learn to practice social work in a variety of settings including hospitals, child welfare agencies, the court system and in nursing homes, just to name a few.  Gulf Coast State College's Social Work Option, Liberal Arts A.A. will  give you a solid foundation to complete your degree at a four-year university.  A title of Generalist Social Worker can be earned with the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, and can be completed at Florida State University's Panama City  (FSU PC) campus right across the street from Gulf Coast State College. In addition to completion of the BSW, a Master’s degree can also be obtained at FSU PC, and can prepare you for state licensure at the Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) level.

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Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area 6
See General Education Requirement
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science BSC1005, General Biological Science, BSC2010, or BSC2085 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •*SYG2000, Sociology 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government •POS2041, American National Government 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
•ECO2013, Economics, Macro or ECO2023, Economics, Micro 3
•PSY2012, Psychology 3
Electives 18

 FSU requires all Social Work students to have a minimum grade of “B” in SYG2000, PSY2012, POS2041, BSC1005, and ECO2013/2023 for entry into the Social Work program. FSU also requires a computer literacy course for entry into the program, as CGS1570.

Recommended elective: 

  • SOW2020, Introduction to Social Work, 3 crs.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites  and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


How much can I earn and what jobs can I get with an undergraduate degree in social work?

Many career options are available to individuals that earn a degree in social work. The Federal  Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) indicates that in 2016, the median salary for social workers with a bachelor's degree was $46,890.00 annually. Also according to the OOH, average salaries for school and career counselors in 2016 was $54,560.00 annually (bachelor’s degree education level).  Employment of these types of workers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.



my academic plan (map)

Refer to My Academic Plan (MAP-AA/Liberal Arts (SOCWK-AA)) for a recommended path and timetable, from start to graduation, for obtaining your degree or certification.

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Wes Keene, MS
Chair, Social Sciences
850-769-1551, extension 3826; 850-872-3826

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