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Bachelor of Liberal Studies

The Whitworth Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program includes interdisciplinary majors that blend the best of a liberal arts education with skills you can use in the workplace. The classes for Whitworth's bachelor of liberal studies degrees are all offered in the six-week accelerated-format evening schedule.

Interdisciplinary Majors:

Criminal Justice Administration (Click for more program detail.)

Designed for those who have completed an A.A.S. in criminal justice or corrections at the community college, or who work in the field of law enforcement, criminal justice, or corrections, Whitworth's criminal justice administration program builds on professional knowledge, providing courses to build organizational and administrative expertise.

EC 345 Economics of Social Issues
PH321W Ethics for Social and Behavioral Studies
PO 320 American Political Process
SP 351 Group Dynamics
BU 352 Human Behavior in Organizations
PO 371 Introduction to Public Administration
SO 220 Race and Ethnicity
SO 283 Deviance, Crime and Criminal Justice
SO 370 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

Choose 9 credits from the following in Cultural Dynamics, or other courses approved by advisor

PO 302 Legal Issues in Social and Behavioral Studies
PY 396 Forensic Psychology
SO 311 Families and Society
SO 425 Social Intervention Strategies/Making Change
SP 398 Intercultural Communication

36 credits total

Social Services

If you're committed to making a difference in the lives of others, our program in social services is a perfect fit. This major is designed for students interested in gaining skills and knowledge in the social-services arena. Many will go on to complete master's degrees in counseling or social work. The major provides a broad-based look at the theoretical, economic and historical basis for the social services, along with professional skills that will enhance the work environment.

PO 320 American Political Process
PO 371 Introduction to Public Administration
SP 351 Group Dynamics
SO 425 Social-Intervention Strategies
SO 311W Families and Society
EC 345 Economics of Social Issues
SO 368 The Helping Process in Social Services
BU 315 Funding and Grant-Writing

12 additional credits in related areas as approved by academic advisor

36 credits total

Program Management

If you're passionate about nonprofit, small business or government administration, yet still want a broad business focus, our program management major is ideal. With courses in business, budget management and communications, this major prepares students well to contribute to the community in various arenas.

BU 315 Funding and Grant-Writing
BU 330 Fund Accounting and Budget Management
BU 373 Human-Resource Management
BU 374 Principles of Management
BU 318 Marketing
SP 351 Group Dynamics
PH 331W Ethics in Social and Behavioral Studies
EC 345 Economics of Social Issues

12 additional credits in related areas as approved by academic advisor
36 credits total


Individual programs taken under this category must be directed and approved by the program director or advisor. A minimum of 45 semester credits is required for the completion of the humanities major.

At least 30 semester credits must come from courses in the following areas: English, history, philosophy, theology, communication studies, art, music and theatre.

Fifteen semester credits may be earned from courses in the following social sciences: psychology, sociology, political studies and economics.

Upside-Down Degrees for A.A.S. Transfers

What is an "upside-down" degree? Good question.

Washington community-college transfer students may transfer into the liberal-studies program in one of two ways: with an A.A. degree or with an A.A.S. degree earned 10 or fewer years ago that has been approved for transfer. The "upside-down" aspect simply refers to the fact that you have completed your major area of study (in gerontology, for example) at the community college and can now complete general-education and upper-division requirements necessary for a four-year bachelor's degree without having to start all over again. Students entering Whitworth via the upside-down program transfer in with 60-64 semester credits and are granted junior standing.

A grade-point average of at least 3.25, as well as satisfactory completion of liberal-arts-degree admission requirements, is required for admission. Applicants for the upside-down degree should be at least 25 years old. However, special consideration may be given to younger applicants who have demonstrated high academic ability while obtaining their A.A.S. degrees.

Click here for a list of Washington state community colleges from which A.A.S. degrees are accepted for transfer into Whitworth’s BLS upside-down degree program.


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