Dec 09, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Pre-Social Work, A.A. (General Transfer)

Academic Program Code:  532

Social Work is a discipline involving the application of social theory and research methods to study and improve the lives of people, groups, and societies. This program is designed to offer a clear pathway for students wanting to transfer into a Bachelor of Social Work program at a senior institution. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social work are prepared for jobs in agencies and organizations specializing in public child welfare, psychiatric or mental health, case management, or in hospitals or schools. By declaring this Pre-Major, students are on track to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and transfer to a 4-year college or university to major in social work.

General Transfer Notes & Michigan Transfer Agreement

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The courses commonly transfer and satisfy 4-year program requirements at 4-year institutions in Michigan.  

To ensure maximum transferability of individual courses, all course selections should be based on the degree, major, minor, or academic interest at the 4-year transfer institution students plan to attend. 

Students should research and utilize all transfer resources available to maximize the number of GRCC courses that transfer and apply to their 4-year program. 

Because transferability of courses varies by institution, students should contact the 4-year institution they plan to attend to obtain detailed information about transfer requirements. The 4-year institutions ultimately make the decisions about how each course will be used to meet their program requirements.

GRCC advisors and faculty are available to help students navigate transfer resources and create an individualized transfer plan, including selection of courses, which meets all GRCC and transfer institution requirements. 

Graduates of this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential. 

Admission requirements to 4-year institutions and 4-year programs vary. Students should review the specific admission requirements for the institution and program to which they are transferring.

MiTransfer Pathways

This GRCC academic program is associated with the MiTransfer Pathways Agreement for Social Work. More information about the MiTransfer Pathways Agreement and requirements, can be found at GRCC MiTransfer.

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework from the General Education course list. Select coursework as directed below.  Use transfer resources available to select coursework based on the transfer requirements of the bachelor’s degree program and institution to which you are transferring. See the “Program Courses” and  “Program Elective Courses” section for courses that may also satisfy GRCC General Education Courses  Requirements.

English Composition and Communications


Select two (2) Humanities General Education Electives from two (2) different subject areas.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course can be used for the Humanities requirement.

Social Sciences

Select one (1) Social Sciences General Education Elective from a subject other than PY.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Nat Sci Lab/Non Lab General Education Elective must be from a discipline other than BI.


Select one (1) Mathematics General Education Elective.

General Education Total Credit Hours

30 (minimum)

Program Elective Courses

Select a minimum of five (5) courses from the list below based on your transfer requirements. You may be able to select more than the minimum number of courses required for this section depending on the program and degree requirements at the institution to which you are transferring.

Open Elective Courses

The remaining number of courses needed to complete the program will depend on the number of credit hours remaining needed to reach the 60 credits required for graduation. Course selections should be made based on transfer requirements. 

Total Credit Hours


In What Order Should I Take Classes?

Please select courses from the Priority I list.  Select courses based on the number of credits you are taking in the semester, for example, if you are a part time student you do not have to take all of the courses listed.  If you are unable to schedule Priority I courses, move to and select from the list of Priority II, Priority III, and Priority IV courses.

Priority I Priority II

EN 101 - English Composition I   

General Education Course - Mathematics

General Education Course - Natural Science

PY 201 - General Psychology  

SW 150 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare  

EN 102 - English Composition II  


COM 131 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking   


COM 135 - Interpersonal Communication  

General Education Course

General Education Course - Natural Science

SO 251 - Principles of Sociology  

SW 216 - Social Work Interviewing and Assessment  

Priority III Priority IV

General Education Course

EC 251 - Principles of Macroeconomics  


EC 252 - Principles of Microeconomics  

Program Elective Course 

Program Elective Course

Program Elective Course

Program Elective Course

Program Elective Course

Open Elective Course

Open Elective Course


NOTE: This priority schedule assumes the student is prepared to take the courses listed. If prerequisites are required, additional semesters may be required to complete this degree.

Meet with an Academic Program Advisor and consult my Academic Progress for specific degree requirements.