Lake Superior State University

Social Work

Program Description


Workers in this field help people improve their lives, work to alleviate human suffering and promote social justice. In direct service delivery programs you will be working with people who are caught in the grips of social problems and/or struggling with personal adjustment issues. This program provides beginning level skills and knowledge to enable you help people in these circumstances.

You will learn about the field of social work, current issues in social work, introductory level clinical diagnosis and practice and will acquire skills in one-on-one counseling. Behavioral and social science perspectives on human behavior as well as basic human biology are included in this program. An extensive internship experience in one or more agency settings will provide you with an opportunity to apply, in a supervised setting, knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. The internship may be completed in the local area or outside the local area.

If you are seeking the Associate Degree in Social Work you are strongly encouraged to continue your studies to complete a Bachelor’s degree to be successful in today’s competitive labor market. You may find the expanded understanding of human behavior provided by the Sociology major or Psychology major to be particularly useful for work in social work programs. Both of these majors also help you develop critical thinking ability, improve writing skills and learn about research through first-hand experience developing and conducting a research project. These abilities are valued by employers in social work and human service agencies.

Although most students combine the Associate Degree in Social Work with a bachelor degree in Psychology or Sociology, some choose other bachelor programs to best prepare them to achieve their particular career goals. Advisors will help you make these decisions.



Degree Requirements


Required Courses (21 credits)

  • SOWK110 Introduction to Social Work 3
  • SOWK201 Communication Skills in Counseling 3
  • SOWK250 Social Work Practicum 9
  • SOWK310 Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment 3
  • SOWK344 Social Welfare Systems 3

Cognates- Required (3 credits)

Select one additional social work course, not taken above, from the following:

  • SOWK202 Social Research Methods 3
  • SOWK291 Group Counseling 3
  • SOWK338 Deviance 3
  • SOWK341 Addiction 3
  • SOWK391 Family Therapy 3

Other Departments (12-13 credits)

Electives (8 credits)

General Education:  All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students).

A minimum of 64 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.