Pre-Social Work

Program Details

Our Pre-Social Work A.S. program prepares you to be a professional in the human services field.

You'll assemble the skills and knowledge you’ll need to build a career at social service agencies and community-based organizations in institutional, urban, rural, and residential settings.

Pre-Social Work A.S. Transfer Pathway Degree/Human Services Assistant Certificate

Students pursuing the Pre-Social Work Transfer Pathways A.A. degree and Human Services Assistant Certificate are required to enroll in HSER 1179 and HSER 1189 Internship and Seminar as part of the degree and certificate requirements. View HSER 1189 Internship Handbook.

Pre-Social Work at Inver Hills

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Transfer Information

With this transfer pathway, you will be able to transfer with junior-year status to a social work baccalaureate program at one of seven Minnesota State universities:

Student Clubs

VIBE: Volunteering Individuals Brings Empowerment

Purpose: Empower individuals, families, and communities through volunteer work.


Cheryl Redinger, MED
Human Services Faculty
VIBE Faculty Advisor

Pre-Social Work at Inver Hills Adds Up

What you’ll accomplish as a student in our Pre-Social Work program:
  1. Make a difference in people’s lives by applying effective counseling skills in a variety of social and community service roles
  2. Investigate complex social problems and understand the effects on individuals, communities, and society
  3. Conduct advocacy and outreach alongside human services professionals
  4. Work directly with student-centric human services faculty with professional experience in the field
  5. Get firsthand human services experience helping solve real-world problems
  6. Benefit from small class sizes and collaborating with likeminded classmates
  7. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

According to U.S. News & World Report, national student loan debt topped $1.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2021, or roughly $740 billion more than U.S. total credit card debt.

In Minnesota, 900,000 student loan borrowers owe an average $31,250 in federal and private student debt. That debt translates into an average monthly payment topping $250. 

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000+ at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver Hills getting a topflight, hands-on education from knowledgeable, caring and experienced faculty and then transfer to a four-year school as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.

Important Information

If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.