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Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

Committed to making a difference in the lives of others? Our Bachelor of Arts in Human Services Program* will equip 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. You'll leave Whitworth prepared to serve in a variety of social service occupations, including client services; social action; community development and advocacy; and leadership across human services agencies. The human services major is also a good option if your goal is to complete a master's degree in a social-service-related field or in a counseling and therapy program.

With three areas of concentration to choose from, you can tailor your degree to fit your interests and professional goals.

Course Format Evening and hybrid-online courses 
Locations North Spokane, U-District 
Average Completion Time 2-2.5 years with A.A. or select A.A.S. degree transfer
4-5 years with no transfer credits 
Application Deadline Four weeks prior to start date 

*Available fall 2018, although some courses may be completed prior.

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Program Overview

  • Six-week courses help you complete your degree faster.
  • Classes meet in the evenings only once or twice weekly, along with occasional Saturdays.
  • Hybrid online classes meet about three times during each six-week course; the rest is online.
  • Your books are provided and delivered to you the first night of class.
  • Courses are available in north Spokane or downtown in the U-District.

Program Details

For Those With an A.A. or Select A.A.S. Degree

With an A.A. or select A.A.S. degree from a community college, you may transfer to Whitworth's human services program as a junior, receiving 60-64 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree. Attending part time, you can complete your degree in as little as two years.

List of A.A.S. Degrees Eligible for Transfer and more information about Whitworth's A.A.S. transfer program.

Degree Requirements

Human Services Major - 36 credits

Complete the human services core requirements and choose a nine-credit area of concentration to tailor your degree to fit your goals.

Human Services Core (27 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 466 Ethics in Public Service 3 credits
SO 425 Making Change: Social Intervention Strategies 3 credits
SP 351 Group Dynamics 3 credits
One course in career development 3 credits
One course in human diversity 3 credits

Area of Concentration (9 credits):

Leadership in Human Services

  • PO 360 - Leading Sustainable Organizations (3 credits)
  • SO 315 - Funding & Grant Writing (3 credits)
  • LS 305 - Introduction to Public Service Leadership (3 credits)


  • PY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
  • PY 227 - Personality & Individual Differences (3 credits)
  • PY 358 - Psychopathology (3 credits)

Child & Family Services

  • PY 210 - Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • SO 370 - Delinquency & Juvenile Justice (3 credits)
  • SP 352 - Conflict Management (3 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

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

What type of job can I get?

A degree in human 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 and therapy or social work. Employment opportunities include the following areas:

  • mental-health organizations
  • counseling and therapy
  • government agencies
  • nonprofit agencies
  • social and community organizations
  • youth and child services
  • drug rehabilitation
  • group and community work
  • healthcare services
  • social advocacy
  • vocational rehabilitation

Our grads get great jobs at places like...

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Frontier Behavioral Health
  • Spokane Community College
  • Green Gable Children's Learning
  • State of Washington
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Spokane Public Schools
  • St. Anne's Children & Family Center
  • Community Detoxification Services