Kirkwood Community College

Arts & Sciences Career Academy:
Pre-Social Work



Our instructors blend the theory and practice essential to the social services career field with opportunities for real-life application in social service agencies to give students a well-rounded experience.

Foundational skills and insights from experienced social service professionals into the many careers available in the field. Gives you a jump start on an associate's degree and beyond. Provides suitable groundwork for many transfer programs in the human services field.
Career Focus

Skills and insights earned in the Arts & Sciences: Pre-Social Work Transfer Academy translate to endless career avenues within and outside of the social services arena.
Average Salaries


Social Worker

Substance Abuse Counselor
 Based on available Iowa salary data at

Arts & Sciences:
Pre-Social Work Courses

 Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

ANT-105 | Cultural Anthropology | 3 credits

Explores what it means to be human. A comparative, holistic study of group life in various cultures is undertaken. Selected aspects of physical and cultural anthropology perspectives provide the basis for these cross-cultural examinations.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.

HSV-109 | Introduction to Human Services | 3 credits

Introduces the value base of human services and evaluates problems that can be encountered in working with people when these values conflict with client needs. Introduces the framework of human services approach, specifically information of individual values, systems analysis, problem solving and conflict resolution. Concepts of systems analysis are accompanied by application of these concepts to problems. 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.

SOC-110 | Introduction to Sociology | 3 credits
Surveys the basic principles, concepts, research strategies and empirical findings representative of the field today. Examines the range of sociological thought, identifies areas of specialization within the discipline and establishes a basis for further study in the field.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.

PHI-105 | Introduction to Ethics | 3 credits

Investigates major issues and theories in Western or non-Western moral thought. The adequacies of ethical theories such as egoism, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, the ethics of care, and duty ethics are explored through discussions of topics such as those found in medicine, the media, the environment, social justice, education, gender relations, war, business and family life.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A.

Career and Transfer Opportunities
The Pre-Social Work Academy prepares students for associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to human services or social work and related fields.
If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at