Bachelor of Arts in Social Services

Belhaven University seeks to introduce all students to the study of human behavior and mental processes within a Christian worldview context. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Services degree is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge and prepare students for future study in the field of social services. Emphasis is placed on developing the students' ability to understand and apply social service principles in their everyday lives, and an important goal is to help students in their ability to appropriately interrelate their social service degree and the Christian faith.

Belhaven University has developed each course to build upon the previous one in a sequence. Each course is offered in a six week format. Students meet one night a week for four hours of classroom instruction and periodic project team meetings.

  • 124 credit hours
  • Classes meet one night a week
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • Competitive tuition rates

Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
PSY  203 General Psychology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 202 The Family 3
PSY 243 Human Growth and Development 3
PSY 312 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 201 Social Problems 3
PSY 340 Counseling Theory and Techniques 3
SOC 220 Race, Gender and Diversity 3
SOC 310 Death, Dying and Grief 3
PSY 342 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3
BIB 360 Global Social Responsibility 3
SOC 350 Social Services Practice I 3
SOC 351 Social Services Practice II 3
S0C 370 Social Service Field Experience 3
WVC 401 Kingdom Life 3
Core 45
General Ed 40
Electives 39
Total 124

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Bachelor of Arts in Social Services with Christian Ministries Concentration

Students interested in a concentration in Christian Ministries to prepare them for further study in the area of Christian Ministry must complete the BASS degree requirements along with eleven additional credits in biblical studies.  This degree prepares students to serve in churches, social services agencies and other faith based organizations.

Curriculum Summary - Christian Ministries Concentration

Christian Ministry Concentration  (Select 12 hours from this list)
Course # Course Name Credits
BIB 303 The Books of Moses 3
BIB 310 The Life and Teachings of Jesus 3
BIB 311 Acts and Paul 3
BIB 302 Biblical Interpretation 3
BIB 350 The Nature and Purpose of the Church 3
BIB 408 Global Perspectives 3
BIB 360 Global Social Responsibility 3
BIB 341 Introduction to Christian Doctrine 3

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Bachelor of Arts in Social Services with Criminal Justice Concentration

Adding a criminal justice concentration to Belhaven’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Services is ideal for adults who want to focus on leadership within the judicial and correctional system. As part of Belhaven’s online format, this degree fits into any busy, working adults schedule while providing students with the tools to succeed.

The criminal justice classes emphasize the roles of leaders in the workplace and includes courses in communication, research based decision-making, business law, human resources, marketing, computer applications, communication and business fundamentals.

Curriculum Summary - Criminal Justice Concentration

Criminal Justice Concentration
Course # Course Name Credits
CJU 320 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJU 407 Criminology 3
CJU 412 Police Organizations 3
CJU 419 Justice and Society 3

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