An Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Human Services prepares the student for transfer to a university for a major in Human Services, Social Work or other similar programs. The student will be prepared to enter the academic rigors of upper division courses.
Opportunities in the broad spectrum of human services include employment in mental health centers, mental institutions, welfare agencies, employment services, rehabilitation, parole, aftercare, outreach, and various social service agencies both private and public. The student is encouraged to work closely with their advisor in the selection of electives to ensure the maximum level of transferability. Graduates of this transfer program will qualify for an Associate of Arts degree and will be prepared to transfer to The University of Montana - Missoula, majoring in social work, or to a variety of other social service oriented programs. Upon successful completion of the social work program, students will be ready to seek employment in the social services or seek entry into a graduate school of social work.
Transfer Articulation Agreement
Students interested in the Bachelor of Social Work program at The University of Montana - Missoula can take nearly 80 lower division credits at FVCC but should earn at least an AA degree before transferring either physically to UM or through a distance learning program. A cohort of accepted students start the distance learning program in the fall of an odd year. The next cohort of students is slated to start fall of 2017. Students will be required to go to UM to meet with other members of the cohort and professors at least once or twice each semester. The courses in this program are sequential in nature so a student must attend each semseter with that cohort or drop back two years into the next cohort. Students must apply and be accepted to the UM Social Work program a semester prior to enrolling in upper division classes whether they are attending UM campus or continuing at FVCC with the UM/FVCC partnership.
At least five of the eight out-of-department courses plus the UM Social Work equivalent courses (HS 100 , HS 210 and HS 250 ) must be completed or in process prior to applying. Often the senior-year internship may be completed in the Flathead Valley.