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Social Work

This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate in Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in social work.

The Social Work transfer program at Rend Lake College provides students with the background in behavioral science and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students are advised to check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor at Rend Lake College for any additional requirements.


Associate in Arts Degree


► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • HEA 1101 Health Education (2)
  • PSYC 2101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 2101 Social Problems (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts (3)
  • Elective (1)

Third Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • ECON 2101 Principles of Economics I (3)
  • MATH 1105 Basic Concepts of Statistics 1 (3)
  • SOCI 2102 Marriage and the Family (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ANTH 1101 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • PSYC 2102 Child Psychology (3)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 1 (3)
  • Elective – Fine Arts / Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Science (3)
  • Elective (2)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.

Program Outcomes

Social Work

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of generalist social work practice by applying key terms, concepts, and theories. 
  2. Students will identify the ethical values and standards of the social work profession.
  3. Students will apply critical thinking skills in relation to client needs and situations through the use of case studies and scenarios.
  4. Students will discuss the skills and abilities needed to advocate for human rights and social justice. 
  5. Students will identify at-risk populations. 
  6. Students will recognize the importance of human diversity.


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Faculty & Staff

Student Success Coordinator
Phone Extension: 1809
Building: Administration
Office: 121
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Administrative Assistant for Arts & Sciences
Phone Extension: 1263
Building: North Oasis
Office: 134

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