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Social Services


About the major

The Social Services major is designed for students interested in working in the human services delivery systems. Students in this 66 credit major are required to have a strong grounding in sociology as well as the applied field of social services. The coursework introduces students to critical issues in the field and offers students the opportunity to work within agencies in the community.

The Social Services major prepares students with academic and professional skills to work in non-profit and government organizations and agencies assisting populations in need. A core component of the social services major is developing students’ knowledge of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities. Students learn to apply this knowledge in developing strategies to assist a wide range of populations and social problems in communities.

Examples of Social Service agencies and populations include: job placement agencies and vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities; food delivery programs and food banks; senior housing facilities, homeless shelters, and transitional housing; abuse prevention programs, juvenile justice organizations, and prisoner rehabilitation programs; recreational and social programs for children and teenagers; senior citizen centers, foster care and adoption agencies, and women’s shelters.

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For more information contact: Kelly Zakel-Larson
Department of Sociology
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7558
Phone: 509-963-1305

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