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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Career Area: Education & Human Services
Program: Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway
Campus(es): Winona/Red Wing

Prepare for a career in the helping professions by beginning collegeat Minnesota State College Southeast.

The 2 year Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway degree offers a valuable route to a satisfying career, where you can be a resource for individuals and families who need help and guidance. By earning an Associate of Science degree in Pre Social work, you will be ready to transfer to any of the universities in the Minnesota State system.

You will complete the Minnesota Transfer Credit package of 40 general education credits and an additional 20 career-focused credits specific to preparation in the Social Work field. A work-related externship is required, providing you with an opportunity to explore your educational and career objectives through practical work experience in a social work related setting.

Graduates who go on to complete the Bachelors of Social Work or a higher degree may find work at local and regional service agencies as licensed social workers in the fields of school, family, medical, or clinical social work.

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From the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective:

  • service
  • social justice
  • dignity and worth of the person
  • importance of human relationships
  • integrity
  • competence

Transfer Pathways

The Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to related bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities.

The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status.

All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.

The Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathway (AS) degree transfers to the following 4-year degree programs:

Transfer College4-Year Degree Name
Metropolitan State UniversitySocial Work, BSW
Minnesota State University, MankatoSocial Work, BSSW
Southwest Minnesota State UniversitySocial Work, BS

Download the Program Plan


Associate of Science Degree General Requirements for Pre Social Work Transfer Pathway

Download Pre Social Work Planning Worksheet (PDF)
  1. A minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  3. A minimum cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0.
  4. A minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree must be taken at Minnesota State College Southeast.
  5. Completion of the specific degree requirements below.

A minimum of 40 credits to complete all 10 goal areas. A MnTC course may satisfy more than one goal area; however, the credits only count once.


Goal 1 Communication (Three courses) - 9 credits

  • ENGL1215 College Writing 1 (3 credits)
  • ENGL2525 College Writing 2 (3 credits)
  • COMM1218 College Speech
    COMM1228 Interpersonal Communications

Goal 2 Critical Thinking
(met when 40 MnTC credits satisfying all 10 goal areas have been completed)

Goal 3 Natural Science - 7 credits

  • BIOL1200 Human Biology (4 credits)
  • CHEM1122 Environmental Chemistry (3 credits)

Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning - 3 credits

  • MATH1230 Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)
  • Goal 5 History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences - 9 credits
  • PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC1115 Lifespan Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOCS1110 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

Goal 6 The Humanities and Fine Arts - 9 credits

  • HUMA1125 Moral Problems (3 credits)
  • HUMA1430 Exploring World Cultures (3 credits)
  • SPAN1230 Introduction to Hispanic Cultures (3 credits)


Goal 7 Human Diversity (One course) - 3 credits
*Fulfilled by SOCS1110 Introduction to Sociology (See Goal 5)

Goal 8 Global Perspective - 3 credits

  • HUMA1430 Exploring World Cultures (3 credits)

Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility - 3 credits

  • POLS1120 American Government (3 credits)

Goal 10 People and the Environment - 3 credits
*Fulfilled by CHEM1122 Environmental Chemistry (See Goal 3)

Total minimum credits to complete the MnTC ten goal areas: 40 credits


In addition to completing the MnTC, the remaining 20 credits will include:

  • INSP1525 Career and Education Planning (1 credit)
  • HLTH1220 Wellness through Nutrition (1 credit)
  • PSWK2510 Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)
  • PSWK2525 Pre-Social Work Field Experience (3 credits)
  • SOCS2545 Diversity and Social Change (3 credits)
  • PSYC2526 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • SOCS1205 Sociology of the Family (3 credits)
  • PSYC1223 Psychology of Death and Dying (3 credits)

*While a course may meet more than one goal, credit hours may only be counted once.

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,675
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$13,675

Career Opportunities

  • Child Welfare Case Worker
  • Clinical Mental Health Social Worker
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • School Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Career Information


Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe the history of the social work profession and evolution of its delivery systems.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in social work, and apply basic skills related to general education curriculum requirements for the pre-social work degree.
  3. Apply the ethics, values, and attitudes necessary for successful social work practice, including:
    • Understanding of the role of diversity in assessing and meeting needs of client populations;
    • Interest in the social work profession;
    • Critical thinking skills;
    • Appropriate attendance and demeanor.
  4. Evaluate one's own attitude, personality, interpersonal skills, and limitations.

Important Documents
Pre Social Work Planning Worksheet (PDF)


  • Pre Social Work courses are taught by experienced social workers.
  • Students take Pre Social Work courses along with a wide variety of general education courses, particularly in psychology and sociology.
  • Students complete a practicum at a social services agency.
  • Minnesota State College Southeast is in direct partnership with Winona State University's Social Work program, providing a seamless transfer experience.


  • Angel Mytas has been teaching Psychology at MSC Southeast since fall of 2004. She received her bachelor degree in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and her master's in Educational Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa.
  • Amy Whitcomb has been teaching at MSC Southeast since August 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Iowa Wesleyan University, and a master's degree in general psychology from Western Illinois University, with further study in criminal justice at St. Cloud State University.


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Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.

Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.

Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.



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