Social Work - Associate of Social Services

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 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1350GIntroduction to Statistics 13
or MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics
Area III: Laboratory Science
BIOL 1120G
BIOL 1120L
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 courses)6
Human Growth and Behavior3
Introduction to Psychology3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:3
World Literature I3
United States History I3
United States History II
Western Civilization I3
Western Civilization II
Introduction to Philosophy3
Introduction to Ethics
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Music Appreciation: Jazz
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
SOWK 2110GIntroduction to Human Services & Social Work (Core Requirement)3
Core Requirements
Second Language
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Two semesters of a second language
Spanish I4
Spanish II4
Other Course Requirements
OECS 105Introduction to Information Technology3
PSYC 2311A Study of Substance Abuse through Learning3
or PSYC 2230 Psychology of Adjustment
SOCI 1110GIntroduction to 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

MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics is required for the NMSU Las Cruces Bachelor of Social Work.  If students are not planning to pursue a Bachelor's degree, MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics is acceptable but does not prepare the student for higher level MATH/STAT.


Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, and/or certificate coursework. The amount indicated in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 60 credits and may appear in variable form based on the degree. However students may end up needing to complete more or less on a case-by-case basis and students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

Paraprofessional Option

Prefix Title Credits
Select two from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Criminal Courts and Procedure3
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures
Case Management3
Personal Health & Wellness3
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
Total Credits6

NMSU School of Social Work Option

Prefix Title Credits
Cultural Emphasis Requirement
SPAN 2110Spanish III3
SPAN 2120Spanish IV3
Total Credits6

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap assumes student placement into ENGL 1110G Composition I and a College level MATH, such as MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics, and demonstrates how to complete an Associate degree in two years.  The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English.  It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract.  Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change. Students are advised to earn a C or better in courses to avoid repeating courses. Students may take a Spanish Language test and begin at that point, but must be proficient through the first year.  Students select either the Paraprofessional Option or the NMSU School of Social Work Option, with the Cultural Emphasis Requirement. This Plan follows the Paraprofessional Option; students wanting the Cultural Emphasis need to plan their language courses earlier in the sequence.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
MATH 1350G
Introduction to Statistics
or Survey of Mathematics
OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology 3
PSYC 1110G Introduction to Psychology 3
SOWK 2110G Introduction to Human Services & Social Work 3
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
COMM 1115G
Introduction to Communication
or Public Speaking
PSYC 2230
Psychology of Adjustment
or A Study of Substance Abuse through Learning
SOCI 1110G Introduction to Sociology 3
AREA V: Humanities 1 3
Second Year
BIOL 1120G
BIOL 1120L
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
CEPY 1120G Human Growth and Behavior 3
Second Language I 4
Select course from Paraprofessional Option 3
AREA VI: Creative and Fine Arts 1 3
Second Language II 4
Select course from Paraprofessional Option 3
Electives 5
 Total Credits60

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

Program Manager: Megan Stoneking 
Phone: (505) 287-6679 
Office: Room 113D, Martinez Hall, 2nd Floor