Social Work Liberal Arts Transfer Major

Study in Social Work will help you gain skills in critical thinking, research methods, understanding the way society works, and understanding the relationship between individuals and the societies in which we live. Social Work emphasizes the importance of social environment as it affects the quality of people’s lives. The skills you learn studying Social Work are transferable to many careers.

23 Defining Moments of Social Work

Career Opportunities

A Social Work degree prepares students for career opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The following are some of the major career fields you can pursue related to Social Work:

  • School social work
  • Older adults
  • Mental health
  • Healthcare
  • People with disabilities
  • Criminal justice/corrections
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Substance use, abuse, and dependence

The National Association of Social Workers and The Best Social Work Jobs also provide additional information on careers in Social Work.

Planning Your Class Schedule

Students should consult with an advisor in Student Services to select courses, make a transfer plan, and periodically review their progress towards their degree completion.

Students are also encouraged to contact the admissions office at the college to which they plan to transfer during their first year at Hawkeye in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

Not all courses may be required for transfer to your future major.

Award: Associate of Arts (AA)
Required number of credits: 62

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

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Social Work Transfer Courses
BIO-154 Human Biology O E 3 $622.50
MAT-156 Statistics O E 3 $622.50
POL-111 American National Government O E 3 $622.50
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology O E 3 $622.50
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology O E 3 $622.50
SOC-120 Marriage and Family O E 3 $622.50
SOC-160 Introduction to Social Work O E 3 $622.50
SOC-180 Social Work Interactional Skills E 3 $622.50
SOC-181 Field Experience E 1 $207.50
Total Credits 25

Remaining Liberal Arts Coursework
I. Natural Science and Mathematics
B. Physical Sciences
II. Humanities 9
IV. Communications 9
V. Social Diversity 3
VII. Elective Courses 12
Total Credits 37

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

Course calculations are based on 2021–2022 tuition and fees and course fees.

The course cost calculation does not include:

School of Social Work Colleges and Universities

Involvement Opportunities

  • Hawkeye Reads: A campus-wide program that seeks to support the College's Institutional Outcomes and increase literacy.

  • MAPS (Minds, Actions, People, Society): Special interest club for students interested in Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work.

  • Multicultural Student Organization: A student-led group created to be a platform for students to focus on diversity issues that shape our world.

  • Student Ambassadors: A group of students who assist the Admissions office with the recruitment of new students and who represent and promote Hawkeye.

  • Student Leadership Council: Represents and promotes the common interests and general welfare of the student body.

Admissions Requirements

Faculty Spotlight

Chatara Mabry

Chatara Mabry graduated from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science of Social Work (BSW) in 2009, and received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Iowa. In addition to teaching at Hawkeye, she has taught at Western Iowa Tech Community College and currently teaches at Upper Iowa University as an Adjunct. She has served diverse communities over the last ten years as a professional Social Worker, primarily working with children, youth and families who are experiencing homelessness and students in higher education. Lastly, she enjoys facilitating faculty-led study abroad trips, volunteering in the community, and working on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Areas of research:

  • Homelessness Among Youth
  • Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
  • Best Practices When Working with Juvenile Sex Offenders
  • Sexual Trauma Intervention Practices with Youth Ages 12–17
  • Sex Trafficking

Contact Information

Faculty Mentor

Chatara Mabry
Black Hawk Hall 230
319-296-2329 ext.1576
Email Chatara Mabry

Administrative Assistant

Kate Childers
Black Hawk Hall 258
Email Kate Childers


Liberal and Applied Arts and Human Services

Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 258
Email Catharine Freeman

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