West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Social Work 2+2 (Transfer to Franciscan University of Steubenville)

Social Work 2+2
Associate in Arts
Transfer to Franciscan University of Steubenville

Note: The “2+2” term is used to refer to a transfer agreement through which a student completes an
Associate degree at WVNCC and finishes a Bachelor’s degree at another institution. Because of individual
student factors, part-time or full-time status, need for developmental education coursework, scheduling
and availability of courses, or other factors, all students may not be able to complete this degree in two
(Associate’s) or four (Bachelor’s) years. The term “2+2” does not imply a guarantee that a student will be
able to complete all requirements in four years.
Students completing this option will receive an Associate of Arts degree from West Virginia
Northern. Upon completing the specified 69-78 credit hours at Franciscan University of
Steubenville, they will receive a Bachelor Degree in Social Work (B.S.W.). Approximately 60
credit hours of the 69-78 credit hours (depending on what math and science courses are taken)
will transfer as equivalent courses, with the rest transferring as general electives.
In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to FUS need to have an overall grade
point average of 2.0 and meet other program admissions requirements of Franciscan University to
be eligible under the 2+2 program. Students must also make separate application to the Department
of Social Work and fulfill other program admissions requirements.*
Students successfully completing and receiving an A.A. degree under the 2+2 agreement with
Franciscan University’s School of Social Work should be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the social work profession and the evolution of its
various delivery systems
• Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in social work
• Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories of psychology and human development
• Demonstrate knowledge of the issues related to the ethical standards of the social work
• Demonstrate knowledge of how social, cultural, family, and individual factors influence
needs and affect the delivery of social services
• Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills related to general education curriculum
requirements for the 2+2 Associate in Arts degree in social work
• Utilize critical thinking skills
• Demonstrate a readiness to enter a bachelor degree program with appropriate commitment
to attendance, initiative, organization, and interest in the profession
To be considered for acceptance into the Social Work program at FUS, the student must at the end
of their sophomore year apply for formal admission into the Social Work program in addition to
applying for general admission to FUS. The prospective student must:
• Complete the application for admission to the Social Work program at FUS
• Submit a resume
• Submit two letters of reference
• Complete a personal interview with program faculty member
*Although a cumulative GPA of 2.0 meets requirements for graduation at WVNCC, students who do not meet the GPA (or other special) requirements at the transfer institution for admission to this baccalaureate program may not be admitted to the program until they are able to meet those requirements. Students should consult with an advisor at the transfer institution early in their program to check on this, and other requirements for admission to the baccalaureate program.


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