Program Overview

Bluefield College offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree for students interested in careers in social care and counseling, and those who wish to work with families, children, groups, or couples as a social worker, counselor, and other roles that involve advanced and specialized knowledge of human development. Students will prepare to address behavioral issues found in the home, workplace, and the community by examining human behavior as a product of relationships, mental processes, and environmental factors that influence wellbeing. The program focuses on preparing students to help others develop helping relationships, helping service networks, team partnerships, evidence based practice, and the ethical basis for providing human services. Upon graduating from the program, individuals should be prepared for human services careers or careers in related fields.

Students in the program will develop their understanding of social work and social responsibilities of human services workers as part of the curriculum courses which include human development for the human services professional, sociology of work and occupations, and family dynamics for the human service professional.

Skills that individuals completing the program are expected to demonstrate include comprehension of contemporary issues and problems that people encounter in the modern world, and understanding of normal and abnormal functioning of individuals, groups and families. Students are also expected to possess the skills needed in working with individuals, groups and families in efforts to enhance mental health daily functioning, life satisfaction, career development, family harmony, academic performance, and interpersonal relationships. Graduates may also show an understanding of the impact of social structure, social interaction, and social/cultural change on the overall wellness of people.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    High school diploma or GED equivalent. 2.0 GPA or above.

    School Overview

    Established by the Baptist General Association, Bluefield admitted its first students in 1922. Today, Bluefield College is a four-year, private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning, located in the southwestern city of Bluefield, Virginia. The school retains a vision to “seek to graduate servant leaders who understand their life calling and transform the world;” and a mission that states: “Bluefield College is an inclusive Christ-centered learning community developing transformational servant leaders.”

    Bluefield College awards bachelor's and master's degrees and retains articulation agreements with a number of Virginia schools. Bluefield College’s Online Degree Program provides accredited distance education options for adult students that feature accelerated formats, allowing students with necessary credits to earn a degree in 13 months. Distance education degrees include studies in three schools:

    • College of Professional Programs
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing

    The eLearning environment focuses on concepts that mirror that of the real-world. Classes are taught by faculty with necessary academic credentials and with a commitment to the school’s Christian beliefs. Academic support, library resources, and eligibility for financial aid for full-time students are all accessible.


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