May 23, 2024  
Spring 2024 Academic Catalog 
Spring 2024 Academic Catalog

Liberal Studies with Pre-Social Work Concentration, A.A.

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Debra Lupica-Scott, Liberal Studies-Pre Social Work Program Coordinator
ATC 116O; (304)367-4615

Program Purpose

The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Pre-Social Work Concentration provides the basis for the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) offered by West Virginia University. This Associate of Arts degree is part of an articulation agreement between the two institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the A.A. in Liberal Studies with a Pre-Social Work Concentration, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Meet the minimum academic qualifications for acceptance into the Social Work program at WVU
  • Provide the student with the comprehensive overview of the ways that social workers respond to a wide range of societal problems


Students who successfully complete this program will be able to compete for admission into one of 60 slots in the Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) program at WVU.  To compete for admission into the BSW program at WVU, students will be required to have the following:

  • An overall GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • 100 hours of documented paid or volunteer experience
  • A written personal statement, and a letter of reference
  • A “C” or higher is required in HUMN 2200  and SCY 2995  

Required Courses (60 Hrs)

Model Schedule (60 Hrs)


  • Students only need ONE LAB SCIENCE course.
  • See advisor for the West Virginia University General Education Credits (GEC) for each Pierpont course.
  • WVU requires 100 hours of documented community service work PRIOR to admissions to the BSW program.

Notice to All Students

  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an associate or certificate degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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