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Social Work

What Will I Learn?

From infants to the elderly, social workers assist others as they face some of life's most difficult challenges. As a student of social work at HCC, your courses explore appropriate behavioral techniques to solve personal problems and deal with diverse relationships. You'll be encouraged to enroll in corresponding psychology and sociology courses such as human growth and development and social psychology.

Fast Facts

At Heartland you can earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science (AS) degree with a concentration in Social Work. Faculty members have field experience with local social service agencies. This brings valuable real-world perspectives to the instruction you receive. Service learning options include involvement with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and other area nonprofit organizations.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

A social work degree can open many opportunities in the healthcare, government, education and nonprofit sectors.* Continuing your studies at a four-year institution will prepare you for a variety of opportunities, including a career as a(n):

  • adoption/foster care specialist
  • community planner
  • counselor
  • parole/probation officer
  • therapist

* Employment opportunities in the field will rise 19% between 2012 - 2022.

Your HCC Options

Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

Associate in Arts - Concentration in Social Work

If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a social work major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer preparation program is the path for you.