Serve Those Who Need It Most
Earn a behavioral and social sciences degree that lets you follow your passion for helping others.
The only program of its kind in the region, the fully online Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Social Science degree at Bethel University successfully prepares those working in this crucial sector to advance their careers. Whether you are currently employed in the field, or entering for the first time, our online bachelor’s of behavioral and social science equips you to increase your earning potential and advance in your place of employment.
- Online classes are offered in an accelerated format, allowing you to complete your degree quickly.
- Through an online classroom, you’ll practice group facilitation, crisis intervention, interviewing and people-helping skills and gain insight into real-world experiences.
- Participate in an internship and be exposed to skills or skill sets that are new to you in the world of human service work. The internship is 150 hours that will encompass 14–15 weeks on-site at an agency you have chosen.
- All courses are taught by quality, licensed instructors dedicated to your academic and personal success.
- With six start dates to choose from, complete in as little as two years full-time. A part-time study option is available.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that community and social services occupations will grow 12 percent through 2030, which is much faster than the average for other occupations. Specifically, social workers and counselors will see many more available jobs.
- Additional career outcomes include jobs in social service agencies, crisis centers, mental health agencies, religious and Christian organizations, extended care facilities and substance abuse centers.
- Specific careers include substance abuse counselor, criminologist and social services manager.
Accreditation & Rankings
Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.
- Ranked No. 46, Regional Universities Midwest, U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked No. 49, Best Bang for the Buck – Midwest, Washington Monthly
- Ranked No. 10, Top Performers on Social Mobility – Regional Universities Midwest, U.S. News & World Report
- Ranked No. 27 in the Best 30 Christian Colleges in 2021 by Best Value Schools for its extra focus on nurturing the Christian spirit
Bethel is one of 10 Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
Bethel University is one of 63 schools in the nation to be named a 2020 Christian College of Distinction. Our behavioral and social sciences program is ideal for those seeking leadership positions in spiritual careers.