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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorBob Saunders
Division Chair

Senior Administrative AssistantJody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

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Social Work, AA

Do You Have a Passion for Helping Others Resolve the Challenges 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 is a perfect fit for you.  In your studies at Gulf Coast State College, you will learn to practice social work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, child welfare agencies, the court system and in nursing homes, to name a few.  Gulf Coast's Social Work Option, Liberal Arts, AA 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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Social Work Course Requirements


English I & II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours  from a list of Math Courses
Physical Science
General Biological Science
American National Government
Economics, Macro or Economics, Micro
Principles of Sociology or Social Problems

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with Social Work Associate of Arts?

In this field, people find careers as:

Child and Family Social Worker
Child Welfare Worker
Social Worker
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
School Social Worker
Medical Social Worker

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of South Florida
Florida International University
University of Central Florida
Florida State University
University of West Florida

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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.