Higher education for the adult learner is more important than ever! To respond to this need, Linfield College is proud to offer a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences for the adult student. This degree program employs a variety of delivery formats to overcome barriers you encounter in accessing higher education – work schedules, proximity to a college, responsibilities to family. You can complete all of the courses in the social and behavioral sciences degree through online classes. This allows you to achieve your educational goals via the technological innovations available to us.
The skills and knowledge that you will gain through this multi-disciplinary Social Science Degree provide excellent preparation for careers in many high demand fields:
Linfield's Social and Behavioral Science Degree also prepares students for graduate degree programs such as Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Masters in Counseling, Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Master in Education (M.Ed.), Law School (J.D.), Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) or a master's degree in a Social Science field such as History, Anthropology and Sociology.
Selecting Your Fields of Study: Linfield offers courses applicable to the major in Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, and selected courses in the field of Human Resource Management from the Business Department. In this multi-disciplinary major, you have the opportunity to select two or three academic departments as your fields of study. You will learn how social science professionals formulate and answer questions in your chosen fields. Personal interests, career and educational goals will help you decide which departments to select with guidance from your Academic Advisor.
While building knowledge and skill in two or three fields of study, you will plan to complete the major through a senior level research methods course and a research project.
Throughout the major you will have the opportunity to work with the Linfield College Reference and Extended Services Librarian, which is a strength of this program.
Popular combinations of fields of study in this major are:
Sociology/Anthropology and Psychology
History, Political Science, and Economics
Sociology/Anthropology and History
Linfield is one of the first colleges in the West and was chartered in 1858. The college is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as an non-profit, independent institution. Linfield has received praise in recent years by The Washington Post, Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Forbes named Linfield one of the nation’s “Top Colleges,” with special recognition for quality of teaching and student satisfaction. Linfield pioneered online education in the Pacific Northwest and now serves a virtual learning community of adult students logged in from around the globe.
The advantages of Linfield's adult degree program are:
How much is this going to cost and how long will it take?
Two of the most common questions we hear from every prospective student. Not surprisingly the answer is dependent on how many classes you need to take to complete your degree and how much time you can dedicate to completing them. For more detailed information, click here or contact a Linfield Advisor for a free "How Much & How Long" analysis.
Can I receive credit for previous college work?
Absolutely! Most academic college classes that you have taken from an accredited community college or four year college or university; for which you received a grade of “C” or higher, will count towards your bachelor’s degree. Our academic advisors will review all transcripts and will work with you to transfer as many credit as possible.
What about experience? I own my own business—shouldn’t that count for something?
We have a program that awards credit for knowledge gained on the job or through volunteer activities called credit for prior learning (CPL). You will work closely with an instructor to decide what courses you will challenge and assemble a portfolio to present prior learning demonstrated through experience. Your academic advisor can tell you more about this program.
What are the General Education requirements in a Linfield bachelor’s degree?
The general education is called the Linfield Curriculum and stresses wide exposure to the ways that educated individuals, be they scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, teachers, or ethicists, engage ideas, articulate choices and assert opinions. The Linfield Curriculum consists of an Inquiry Seminar (college writing), seven courses in the Modes of Inquiry, two courses in Diversity Studies, and a Writing-Intensive course in each major. Courses taken to satisfy the Linfield Curriculum also complete requirements in one or more areas of each student’s major.
How many credits will it take to finish my degree?
The requirement for a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College is a cumulative total of 125 semester credits, which includes the Major, Linfield Curriculum, and electives. Credits that you completed at accredited community colleges and four-year colleges and universities count toward this total. A minimum of 30 credits in the degree must be completed at Linfield. Your advisor will work with you to maximize your previous college and work experiences, and provide a suggested academic plan to finish your program in the major you choose.
I’d like to find out more. What is the next step?
Please contact us and one of our knowledgeable admissions and enrollment specialists will be in touch with you shortly.
You are asking two of the most common questions we hear from every prospective student. Not surprisingly the answer is dependent on how many classes you need to take to complete your degree and how much time you can dedicate to completing them. The best solution is the one that fits your unique needs. Contact a Linfield Advisor for a free "How Much & How Long" analysis.