Pre-Social Work

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The Pre-Social Work curriculum prepares students for transfer to the Division of Social Work at West Virginia University and can be adapted to the needs of those planning to transfer to other institutions. The Pre-Social Work student at Potomac State College is automatically under the Social Work standards of the West Virginia University Division of Social Work. After two years at Potomac State students can transfer to West Virginia University and apply to the professional social work major. The WVU Division of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Career Opportunities

Completing a BSW degree allows for immediate access to employment opportunities. A wide variety of employment settings are available for professional social workers, including foster care, adoption, probation and parole, public assistance, day care services, school social services, services to veterans, social services in a medical or mental hospital, drug and alcohol programs, recreational services such as Boy Scouts, YWCA, rehabilitation centers, state and local government agencies, nursing homes, research, social action, and fund raising.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted directly into the Pre-Social Work major.  During their fourth semester, students apply to be admitted to the professional level of the Social Work major.

Benchmark Expectations

Pre-Social Work majors must maintain a 2.00 GPA in their major courses; students must complete all required SOWK courses—in their proper sequence—with grades of C- or higher.  If a course is repeated, all attempts will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students who are unable to meet the performance standards for social work courses are permitted to repeat a course once. Students who are unsuccessful in the second attempt will be counseled out of the program. 

Admission to the professional Social Work major at WVU 

In order for social work majors at WVU, its branch campuses (including Potomac State), or 2+2 program students to attain professional social work status, they must meet the B.S.W. program’s admission criteria, complete a formal application for admission, and have their application approved by the School of Social Work B.S.W. Admission Committee.  The process is competitive, and students are selectively admitted to the advanced level of the program for their final two years of education, which includes the upper-division courses in social work.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (2, 5, 6 and 8)15
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 121Intro Concepts Of Mathematics (GEF 3)3
The following courses require a minimum GPA of 2.0:
POLS 220State and Local Government (GEF 4)3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCA 221Families and Society (GEF 8)3
SOWK 147Human Diversity (GEF 7 - minimum grade of C-)3
SOWK 151Introduction to Social Work (minimum grade of C-)3
PSYC 200-level Elective3
SOCA 200-level Elective3
Minority Content Course (Select one of the following):3
African American Literature
African American Literature
Images of Women in Literature
West Virginia
Sex Roles and Behavior
Adulthood and Aging
Race and Ethnic Relations
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Total Hours60

Students who continue at WVU-Morgantown must maintain 2.5 cumulative GPA and complete 100 hours of verified Human Service Activity (paid or volunteer) by January of sophomore year.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 121 (GEF 3)3SOCA 1013
SOWK 1513SOWK 147 (GEF 7)3
WVUE 1911GEF 23
GEF 63GEF 53
 15 15
Second Year
POLS 220 (GEF 4)3SOCA 221 (GEF 8)3
PSYC 1013PSYC 200-level Elective3
SOCA 200-level Elective3Minority Content Course3
GEF 23GEF 83
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

Pre-social work

Upon successful completion of the A.A. degree, Pre-Social Work majors will be able to:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.