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BA in Social Services


American society is increasingly faced with challenges in delivery of social services to a growing set of underserved populations. For students who want to work within the social service delivery sector, this major provides a perfect background.

Students choose courses from among four specialized service areas: health, welfare, justice and aging.

All students complete two semester-long internships in area agencies such as those providing support services for battered women, neglected children, people with disabilities, veterans and those who are incarcerated.

Students are prepared to continue their education or assume careers in areas such as social work, public health, public administration and criminal justice.

Curriculum + Requirements

The program in social services integrates a traditional liberal arts education with the specialized training and field background that a student will find helpful in pursuit of a career in the social services. Each student’s education occurs both in the classroom and in community agencies. The program-both in the classroom and out-is designed to acquaint students with the nature of social problems, examine how organizations deal with these problems, learn about the people who are being served, and discuss the major policy choices available to society. Students are prepared to enter careers in the social service arena or to continue their education in fields such as social work, criminal justice and public administration.

Concentrated work in social services prepares one through course work and internships to be effective in direct service or administration in a wide range of public and private social agencies serving those in need.

Major Requirements: (37 credits)

1. Introductory Sociology (SO 101), Orientation to Sociology (SO 205) and at least two of the following:
SO 225 Social Problems (3 credits)
SO 264 Social Welfare (3 credits)
SO 266 Population and Society (3 credits)

2. Internships (SO 292 and SO 392)

3. Minimum of two courses each in two of the following areas: Health, Welfare, Justice & Aging

4. Social Stratification (SO 244), Evaluation Research (SO 381), Social Policy (SO 385)