Social work is the science of hope
In Austin Community College’s Social Work Program, students gain essential knowledge and practical skills for the wide-ranging field of social work while also completing coursework that meets associate degree requirements and transfers toward a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution. Courses cover micro-, mezzo-, and macro-perspectives, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations.
While most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and two years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice. Social work is a profession that helps individuals, families, and groups enhance their capacity to meet their personal and social needs. Social work provides opportunities to work as an advocate with diverse client systems on a local, state, national, and international level. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health clinics, military bases and hospitals, nonprofit agencies, substance abuse clinics, private practices, and government offices. ACC’s combination of broad-based social work learning and field experiences prepare students for careers helping to make a positive impact on people’s lives.