West Virginia Northern Community College

Programs of Study

Social Work 2+2 (Transfer to West Virginia University)

Social Work 2+2
Associate in Arts Degree
Transfer to West Virginia University


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 transitional 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 in Arts degree from West Virginia Northern. Upon completing the specified 61-66 credit hours at West Virginia University, they will receive a Bachelor in Social Work (B.S.W.) Degree.

Fifty-seven to fifty-nine hours (depending on what math courses are taken) of the 63-67 credit hours will transfer as equivalent courses.

In addition to the WVNCC courses, applicants for admission to WVU need to have an overall grade point average of 2.5, 100 hours of documented volunteer experience, a written personal statement and two letters of reference. Qualifying students will compete with other WVU students and transfers for 60 slots.*

Students successfully completing and receiving an A.A. degree under the 2+2 agreement with West Virginia University’s School of Social Work should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the “human services/social work” profession and the evolution of its various delivery systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts, theories, and strategies used in social work/human services
  • 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/human services professions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues related to the needs and problems of different client populations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how social, cultural, family, and individual factors influence needs and affect the delivery of social work/human services
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills related to general education curriculum requirements for the 2+2 Social Work A.A. degree
  • Apply knowledge and basic skills related to therapeutic communication and relationships 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

*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.


First Year – Fall Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
HPE Physical Education Requirement ++ 2
HS 100 Intro to Social Work & Human Services +++ - 3
HS 147 Understanding Human Diversity +++ - (3)
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology - 3
SOC 125 Introduction to Sociology - 3

First Year – Spring Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ENG 102 College Composition II - 3
HUM Humanities Core *** - 3
MATH 108 College Algebra w/ Applications - 4
SCI Science Core Requirement ** - 4
SPCH 105 Fundamentals of Speech Communication - 3

Second Year – Fall Semester - Cr. Hrs.
ECON 104 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3
HS 100 Intro to Social Work & Human Services +++ - 3
HS 147 Understanding Human Diversity +++ - (3)
MATH 210 Introduction to Statistics - 3
POLS 102 American National Government and Politics-  3
SCI Science Core Requirement ** - 4

Second Year – Spring Semester - Cr. Hrs.
HIST History Core Requirement+ - 3
HPE Physical Education Requirement - 1
HUM HUM Core Requirement*** - 3
PSYC 208 Developmental Psychology - 3
SS 255 The Global Community - 3

Total Hours in Program – 60
** Choose from: BIO 110, CHEM 108, CHEM 109, PHYS 104 or PHYS 105.
*** Choose from: ART 150, ENG 200, ENG 201, ENG 210, ENG 211, ENG 215,
MUS 105 or PHIL 200. WVU requires 12 semester hours of humanities from at least
3 different disciplines with two from the same discipline.
+ Choose from: HIST 100, HIST 101, HIST 110 or HIST 111.
++ Choose from: HPE 100, HPE 101, HPE 105, or HPE 110.
+++ WVU requires a “C” or better.






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