Behavioral and Social Science
The degree program develops the skills needed for working in social services agencies, religious organizations and more.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral and Social Science is for students with a passion for helping people. Students will develop skills for working in a variety of settings such as:
- social service agencies
- group homes
- crisis centers
- mental health agencies
- religious organizations
- extended care facilities
- substance abuse centers
This degree will position students interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling.
Career Example: Sociologist
If you are interested in a job in one of these fields, you will likely need at least a bachelor's degree.
Employment of sociologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030. This is lower than the average for all occupations.
Even though there is limited employment growth over the decade (about 300 openings projected each year), these openings will be replacements for retirees or people changing fields.* (BLS)
The Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) says. “Sociologists will continue to be needed to apply sociological research to other disciplines. For example, sociologists may collaborate with researchers in other social sciences, such as economists, psychologists, and survey researchers, to study how social structures or groups influence policy decisions about health, education, politics, criminal justice, business, or economics.”
In May 2020, the Occupational Outlook Handbook reported a median annual wage of $86,110 for this field.*
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of sociologists, for example, is projected to grow from 2020-2030 by 5 percent.* This is reported as “slower than average for all occupations.” The annual median wage is $86,110 in May 2020.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sociologists,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/sociologists.htm (visited September 08, 2021).
How to Apply
- Complete a free online application.
- Meet with an admission counselor.
- Send us your official college transcripts directly from the school to Bethel. They can be mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to AGSAdmission@BethelUniversity.edu.
- Complete the FAFSA using Bethel's school code: 001787 to be considered for state and federal need-based aid.
- Complete an application online.
- Schedule an information meeting with an Enrollment Counselor one of two ways:
- Bethel University requires official transcripts from each college/university attended. They can be mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to agsadmission@BethelUniversity.edu.
- Complete FAFSA and contact financial aid at 574.807.7326 if you are seeking any kind of federal or state financial assistance.
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