Social Services - Associate Degree

66 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.

New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication3
or ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Sciences3
Mathematics Appreciation3
or higher G MATH
Area III: Science
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory 1
Select one from the following 100-200G Lab Science courses:4
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
Introduction to Computer Science4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior3
S WK 221GIntroduction to Social Welfare 13
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology3
SOC 101GIntroductory Sociology3
or SOC 201G Contemporary Social Problems
Area V: Humanities/Fine Art
Select two from the following 100-200 level Humanities/Fine Arts G courses:6
Literature and Culture3
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
Orientation in Art3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
The Art of Wondering3
Introduction to Philosophy3
The World of Theatre3
Second Language
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
Two semesters of a second language
Other Course Requirements
COLL 101College/Life Success3
C S 110Computer Literacy3
or OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology
PSY 266Applied Psychology3
or PSY 290 Psychology of Adjustment
S WK 253Case Management3
Concentration Areas
Paraprofessional or NMSU School of Social Work Option6
Total Credits66

Recommended courses to articulate to the BSW and MSW.

A grade of C or better is required on all General Education and Social Service courses.

Paraprofessional Option

Select two from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology3
Introduction to Language and Cultural Anthropology
American National Government3
Introduction to Political Science
Courts and the Criminal Justice System
Personal Health and Wellness3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures
Total Credits6

NMSU School of Social Work Option

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