Bachelor of Liberal Studies in
- 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.
Hybrid online courses available
Books and related course materials are provided free of charge.
Financial aid is available.
New students with no transfer credits: 4-5 yrs
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.
- 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.
Please call us to speak with one of our academic advisors and receive a complimentary transcript evaluation.
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
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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 organizations drug rehabilitation counseling and therapy group and community work government agencies healthcare services nonprofit agencies social-work-related entities social and community service management vocational rehabilitation
Where our students work
Where our students work
Group Health State of Washington Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center Department of Social and Health Services Frontier Behavioral Health Spokane Public Schools Spokane Community College St. Anne's Children & Family Center Green Gable Children's Learning Community Detoxification Services