Social Work – Transfer Options

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more Colleges and Universities documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree. Jackson College has articulation agreements in social work with the following colleges and universities.

  • Social Work – Eastern Michigan University

    Associate in Arts degree at Jackson College to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Eastern Michigan University

    Students who complete an associate degree, complete the courses outlined in the guidesheet with a grade of “C” or better, and satisfy EMU’s admissions requirements will be accepted into the articulation agreement.

    Under this agreement, EMU will waive the 60-hour rule and require that a minimum of 51 credits be completed in courses offered by EMU. This allows students to complete more than 60 credit hours at JC, and have those hours applied toward their bachelor’s degree.

    BSW Program Admission Process:

    1. The BSW at EMU has several admissions requirements which are designed to help you sort out whether the social work profession is the right choice for you:
    2. Overall GPA of 2.3 or higher at the time of admission to the BSW program.
    3. Submission of an application which will be distributed in SWRK 251.
    4. Completion of 40 hours of post-high school volunteer, employment or internship experience in a human service setting.
    5. Completion of introductory social work courses: SWRK 120, SWRK, 200, SWRK 222, and SWRK 251 with grades of “C” or higher.
    6. Submission of a reflective essay completed in SWRK 251.

    Articulation Effective Dates: September 1, 2020 until August 31, 2023

    General Education/MTA Requirements

    • ENG 131 Writing Experience I
    • ENG 132 Writing Experience II
    • COM 240 Interpersonal Communication
    • MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning
    • NSC 131 Contemporary Science
    • BIO 110 Introductory Biology
    • PLS 141 American National Government
    • PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology
    • SOC 231 Principals of Sociology
    • HUM 131 Cultural Connections
    • MUS 131 Understanding Music
    • ANT 131 Cultural Anthropology
    • SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways

    JC Associate in Arts Electives and EMU BSW Requirements:

    • ANT 131 Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC 231 Principals of Sociology
    • PSY 251 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 252 Developmental Psychology
    • ENG 249 African-American Literature
    • GEO 132 World Regions
    • SOC 236 Women in a Changing Society
    • SOC 246 Marriage and Family
    • SWK 292 Introduction to Social Work

    *ANT 131, ENG 249, PLS 141, PSY 251, PSY 252, SOC 236, SOC 246, and SWK 292 are required for EMU’s BSW program. If not transferred from JC, these must be completed at EMU.

    **MTA Satisfied: It is highly encouraged for students to complete the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) as this will satisfy EMU’s General Education requirements.

    Articulation Agreement Guide: AA or AGS degree at JC to a BSW at EMU

Michigan Transfer Pathways

Jackson College joins with community colleges across the state to create easy-to-understand pathways for students transferring credit to a university.

Working to increase degree completion among transfer students, community colleges and universities have collaborated to simplify the transfer process by developing MiTransfer Pathways. This allows community college students to apply every credit to four-year universities in specific programs.

  • Social Work – MiTransfer Pathway

    MiTransfer Pathways – Social Work

    Community colleges and universities have collaborated to simplify the transfer process by developing MiTransfer Pathways. These transfer pathways build on the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which makes it easier for students to transfer their general education courses earned at Jackson College to participating four-year institutions in Michigan. View Jackson College’s MTA requirements.

    Social Work faculty identified courses that will transfer between community colleges and universities in Michigan. The following courses at Jackson College are guaranteed to transfer to Social Work programs of participating institutions.

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

    Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

    PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

    SOC 231 Principles of Sociology 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

    The discipline and its contributions to understanding the fundamental processes of social interaction. Includes development of self, socialization process, groups and social structure. Application of sociological principles to our society by examination of relevant research.

    SWK 292 Introduction to Social Work 3

    An introduction to the social work profession, code of ethics, values, and social welfare policy. This is an examination of the profession’s responsibilities in correlation to the populations served. This includes a history of social work as well as the role of the social work profession and different settings of practice.

    Prerequisite: PSY 140 or SOC 231

    Jackson College Degree Requirements

    These are Jackson College associate degree requirements and may not be accepted for transfer by universities participating in the agreement.

    Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
    COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

    Students will learn the basic principles of speech communication including speech development and delivery, interpersonal message, non-verbal messages, and small group dynamics. The course is designed to prepare students to be effective communicators in a diverse global society. Student speeches will be evaluated for effectiveness.

    GEO 7 Some MTA courses meet this requirement 3
    SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

    Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

    Transfer Institution Degree Requirements

    Transfer institutions have identified remaining degree requirements that a student can take at Jackson College that will transfer to a participating art program. To view each institution’s additional degree requirements, select your transfer institution then use Michigan Transfer Networks’s course equivalencies tool to find the course equivalent at Jackson College.