Social Services - Associate Degree

60 credits

The Associate degree in Social Services prepares students for entry-level positions in a social services setting. Courses taken for this degree may be used to transfer to NMSU Las Cruces for students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work or Sociology.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

The New Mexico General Education course list an be found here.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Select one from the following:3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Business and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication3
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
Select one from the following:3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences 13
Mathematics Appreciation
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences10
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Psychology3
Area V: Humanities3
Select one from the following:
Literature and Culture3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
The Art of Wondering3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Select one from the following:
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures
The World of Theatre3
Core Requirements
Second Language
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Two semesters of a second language
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
Other Course Requirements
OECS 105Introduction to Information Technology3
PSY 274A Study of Substance Abuse through Service Learning3
or PSY 290 Psychology of Adjustment
S WK 221GIntroduction to Social Welfare3
SOC 101GIntroductory Sociology3
Concentration Areas
Paraprofessional or NMSU School of Social Work Option - see options below6
Select a minimum of 5 credits to bring the total credits to 60. 25
Total Credits60

Paraprofessional Option

Prefix Title Credits
Select two from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introduction to World Cultures
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
Courts and the Criminal Justice System3
Personal Health and Wellness3
Introduction to Women's Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures
Case Management3
Total Credits6

NMSU School of Social Work Option

Prefix Title Credits
Cultural Emphasis Requirement
SPAN 211Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 212Intermediate Spanish II3
Total Credits6