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Bachelor of Arts in Social Services

Committed to making a difference in the lives of others? Our Bachelor of Arts in Social Services Program is a perfect fit. This 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. 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. The social services major is also a good option if you're looking to complete a master's degree in a social-service-related field or in a counseling and therapy program.

The social services major has been updated and will be a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, effective Fall 2018 for incoming students. Current students in the social services program have the opportunity to complete their major or change major to the human services program. 

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 

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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 usually meet 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 social 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.

More information regarding Whitworth's "upside-down" degree program.

Degree Requirements

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

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.

Social Services Major - 36 credits

BU 315 Fund & 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
SP 425 Making Change: Social Intervention Strategies 3 credits
SP 351 Group Dynamics 3 credits
Twelve approved credits in related areas

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 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 areas:

  • mental-health
  • counseling and therapy
  • government agencies
  • nonprofit agencies
  • social and community organizations
  • service management
  • drug rehabilitation
  • group and community work
  • healthcare services
  • social-work-related entities
  • 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