Bachelor of Liberal Studies in
Social Services


  • Evening schedule is designed for working professionals.
  • Hybrid online courses are available.
  • Six-week courses help you complete your degree faster.
  • Pursue a career helping and leading others.
  • Start as a junior with an approved A.A.S. from the community college.

Degree Snapshot

Evening, six-week courses (with occasional Saturdays)
Hybrid online courses available
North Spokane, U-District
Application Deadline
4 weeks prior to start date (view course schedule)
Cost per Credit
$540 for the 2017-18 academic year
Books and related course materials are provided free of charge.
Financial aid is available.
Average Completion Time
Transferring with A.A. degree: 2-2 1/2 yrs
New students with no transfer credits: 4-5 yrs
  • Program Details

    If you're committed to making a difference in the lives of others, our Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Social Services Program is a perfect fit. This inter-disciplinary major will prepare you to serve individuals and families within the community, whether you're working directly with clients or with the organizations designed to provide social services. The curriculum will give you a foundation of knowledge and professional skills to enrich your work environment. You'll leave Whitworth prepared to serve in a variety of social service occupations, including social action, community development and advocacy for human services agencies.

    For Those with an A.A.S. Degree

    With an approved A.A.S. degree from the community college, you may transfer to Whitworth's social services program as a junior, receiving 60 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree as part of Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program. Attending part time, you can complete your degree in as little as two years.

    More information regarding Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program.
    List of A.A.S. degrees eligible for transfer.


    • Classes meet in the evenings only once or twice weekly, along with an occasional Saturday.
    • Concentrate on one subject at a time; each course takes six weeks to complete.
    • Your books are provided free of charge and are delivered to you the first night of class.
    • Hybrid online classes usually meet three times during each six-week course; the rest is online.
    • Courses are available in North Spokane or downtown in the U-District.
    • Identify how Christian foundational values may influence critical decisions in your role in serving society.
    • Learn to recognize and apply social-intervention strategies.

    Courses Designed for Adult Learners

    We understand the apprehension you may experience when you think of returning to school as an adult – which is why our classes are designed for busy, working professionals. As a student in one of our adult education programs, you bring a wealth of valuable experience and prior learning to the classroom. The collaborative learning environment allows you to benefit from the experiences of other students, complemented by the expertise and practical knowledge of each instructor.

  • Degree Requirements

    Please call us to speak with one of our academic advisors and receive a complimentary transcript evaluation.

    Learning Objectives

    Learning outcomes of this major prepare you to…

    • understand and critically assess the historical and theoretical basis of social services in the context of current practice;
    • demonstrate self-knowledge in the context of the helping professions;
    • apply general theories and practices of group communication;
    • understand ethical and legal issues specific to social service engagement;
    • articulate the intersection between administration and social service practice.
    Social Services Major
    36 credits
    BU 315 Funding & Grant Writing 3 credits
    EC 345 Economics of Social Issues 3 credits
    PO 320 American Political Process 3 credits
    PO 371 Introduction to Public Administration 3 credits
    SO 311W Families and Society 3 credits
    SO 368 The Helping Process in Social Services 3 credits
    SO 425 Making Change: Social Intervention Strategies 3 credits
    SP 351 Group Dynamics 3 credits
    Approved credits in related areas 12 credits

    General Education Requirements & Electives

    All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

    Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate - 126 credits

    Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations.

  • What type of Job Can I get?

    A degree in social services will prepare you to work in a variety of occupations. You may also choose to further your education with a master's degree in areas such as counseling or social work. Employment opportunities include the following:

    What Type of Job Can I Get?
    mental-health organizationsdrug rehabilitation
    counseling and therapygroup and community work
    government agencieshealthcare services
    nonprofit agenciessocial-work-related entities
    social and community service managementvocational rehabilitation
  • Where our students work

    Where our students work
    Group HealthState of Washington
    Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical CenterDepartment of Social and Health Services
    Frontier Behavioral HealthSpokane Public Schools
    Spokane Community CollegeSt. Anne's Children & Family Center
    Green Gable Children's LearningCommunity Detoxification Services


Whitworth's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

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