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Program Snapshot
Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorJohn Phillips, PhD
850.769.1551 ext. 2827

AdvisorRobert S. Saunders, PhD
Chair, Social Sciences
850.769.1551 ext. 3826

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

Visit the Social Sciences Website

J. Phillips Faculty Page

R. Saunders Faculty Page


Social Work, AA

Do You Have a Passion for Helping Others Resolve the Challenges They Face?

If you enjoy interacting with people who face a variety of challenges and you want to make a positive difference in the world around you, a career in social work is a perfect fit for you.  In your studies at Gulf Coast State College, you will learn to practice social work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, child welfare agencies, the court system and in nursing homes, to name a few.  Gulf Coast's Social Work Option, Liberal Arts, AA will give you a solid foundation to complete your degree at a four-year university.  A title of Generalist Social Worker can be earned with the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, and can be completed at Florida State University's Panama City (FSU PC) campus right across the street from Gulf Coast State College.  In addition to completion of the BSW, a Master's degree can also be obtained at FSU-PC, and can prepare you for state licensure at the Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) level.

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Social Work Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English II
Visual and Performing Arts
Select 6 hours:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics
Physical Science
BSC1005, General Biological Science, BSC2010, or BSC2085
PSY2012, Psychology
POS2041, American National Government
ECO2013, Economics, Macro or ECO2023, Economics, Micro
SYG2000, Principles of Sociology or SYG2010, Social Problems
Select 18 hours:

What can you do with Social Work Associate of Arts?

In this field, people find careers as:

Child and Family Social Worker
Child Welfare Worker
Social Worker
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
School Social Worker
Medical Social Worker

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of South Florida
Florida International University
University of Central Florida
Florida State University
University of West Florida
Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.