Community Studies

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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The degree and certificate in Community Studies (emphasis in Direct Services) are applied sociology programs. Sociological theory and perspectives provide the foundation for students to work as paraprofessionals at the assistant level, under the supervision of workers with professional degrees. Students may perform a variety of entry level, social service organization functions including resource development and referral, client screening, assessments, consultation, reports, and record keeping.

Career Opportunities

The degree and certificate in Community Studies (emphasis in Direct Services) are designed to prepare students to work in public, private, and nonprofit community service organizations such as social service, educational, correctional, mental health, and community health agencies and programs. The A.A. degree may also serve as the first level of education in a career ladder leading to a BA or BSW degree and then on to advanced study in a variety of graduate programs leading to masters and doctoral degrees.

The certificate in Community Studies (emphasis in Direct Services) is designed to prepare students to work in entry-level employment in public, private, and nonprofit community service organizations. Students have an opportunity to develop self-awareness and career goals through courses in Introduction to Social Services and the Sociology Practicum.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate the history of the helping professions and the evolution of services and social policy over time.
  • analyze social service organizational structure, its functions, and its application to social service programs and delivery systems.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the social services worker as a paraprofessional and the various roles that the social service worker assumes in the community.
  • compare and choose core helping interventions for work at the paraprofessional level.
  • determine and develop community resources used in assisting clients.
  • integrate personal sensitivity and awareness of the cultural diversity of clients, helping professionals, and communities.
  • judge and apply knowledge of existing professional codes of ethics and laws for the helping professions

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Community Studies Program (emphasis on Direct Services) Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Transfer Information

In addition to the course requirements, transfer students should complete the general education requirements for the university to which they plan to transfer. Students can also use the Sacramento City College General Education pattern to obtain the degree; however, these courses do not necessarily fulfill the general education requirements of transfer institutions. Students should see a counselor regarding academic planning.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.