Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Whitworth’s liberal studies degree is a bachelor’s degree offered to adults as an alternative to traditional degree programs. The liberal studies degree builds on the strength of a liberal arts core curriculum, providing the adult student with a balanced and coherent study of the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. Whitworth is dedicated to providing an academically excellent liberal arts education that will equip each student with the skills necessary to respond creatively to the personal and professional challenges of life.

Liberal studies students may not double-major, nor may they have other academic program minors posted to their transcripts.

Required Courses for Majors in Liberal Studies
Criminal Justice Administration

Admission to the criminal justice administration program is contingent upon the applicant's transfer of an A.A.S. degree in criminal justice, corrections, fire science, or similar A.A.S. degree; or successful completion of police academy; or other related professional experience within the criminal justice arena, as determined by the admissions committee.

The BLS-criminal justice administration major builds on the learning outcomes students have achieved through completion of an associate of applied science degree and/or professional experience. In addition to these outcomes, the criminal justice administration major prepares students to do the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories and application of management principles associated with criminal justice systems.
  • Identify and analyze ethical and legal issues specific to law enforcement, corrections and security roles.
  • Understand and articulate the administration and role of public service in society.
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate well within and across diverse community cultures.

Requirements for Criminal Justice Administration, B.L.S. (36)

BU 352Human Behavior in Organizations3
EC 345Economics of Social Issues3
PH 321WEthics-Social/Behavioral Studies3
PO 320American Political Process3
PO 371Introduction to Public Administration3
SO 220Race and Ethnicity3
SO 283Deviance, Crime and Criminal Justice3
SO 370Delinquency and Juvenile Justice3
SP 351Group Dynamics3
Nine approved credits in related areas9

Public Service Administration

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student to do the following:

  • Identify and analyze legal and ethical issues in the public sector.
  • Understand and articulate the administration and role of public service in society.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of leadership styles within the public sector.
  • Demonstrate public speaking and presentation skills required by leadership roles in the public sector.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills required to maintain a sustainable organization.

Requirements for Public Service Administration, B.L.S. (39)

LS 305Introduction to Public Service Leadershp3
PO 302Legal Issues in Social & Behavioral Studies3
JMC 311Public Relations and Communication3
PO 371Introduction to Public Administration3
SO 466Ethics in Public Service3
SP 352Conflict Management3
EC 345Economics of Social Issues3
SO 303Globalization and Social Change And Wealth3
BU 373Human Resource Management3
PO 360Leading Sustainable Organizations3
BU 330Fund Accounting and Budget Management3
SO 315Funding and Grant Writing3
LS 470WStrategic Leadership in Public Service Organizations3

Social Services

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student to do the following:

  • Understand and critically assess the historical and theoretical basis of social services in the context of current practice.
  • Demonstrate self-knowledge in the context of the helping professions.
  • Apply general theories and practice of group communication.
  • Understand ethical and legal issues specific to social service engagement.
  • Articulate the intersection between administration and social service practice.

Requirements for Social Services, B.L.S. (36)

SO 315Funding and Grant Writing3
EC 345Economics of Social Issues3
PO 320American Political Process3
PO 371Introduction to Public Administration3
SO 311WFamilies and Society3
SO 368The Helping Process in Social Services3
SO 425Making Change: Social Intervention Strategies3
SP 351Group Dynamics3
Twelve approved credits in related areas12

 Humanities

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student to do the following:

  • Understand the human experience, thought, and values as provided by exposure to texts and varying academic disciplines.
  • Explore various options for study and/or professional engagement.

Students have the opportunity to design their own academic program in consultation with an advisor. A minimum of 45 semester credits is required for the completion of the humanities major.

Requirements for Humanities, B.L.S. (45)

At least 30 credits of the 45 semester credit total must be from the following areas: art, communication studies, English, history, music, philosophy, theology, theatre30
Up to 15 credits of the 45 semester credit total may also be from the social sciences: economics, political science, psychology, sociology15
One of the above courses must be a writing-intensive course, designated by a “W” after the course number.

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CHERYL VAWTER