Degree Completion - Social Welfare (Online)

Degree Completion Social Welfare Program

Program Overview

The Social Welfare major is about learning to empower individuals and their communities. At Simpson University, you’ll explore the intersection of human development, government, nonprofits, and society as you learn to integrate faith and practice. You’ll complete a set of foundational and advanced courses in human development, social policy, social work methods (including working with individuals, groups, and society), cultural competency, and research. Through the study of Social Welfare and Human Services, you’ll gain an understanding of the relationship between social work and Christian faith. You’ll be inspired to commit to social justice and a life of service.

Program Higlights

  • 100% Online in 7 week courses
  • Study under experienced faculty, who offer engaging, real-world application
  • Progress through the program in a cohort model
  • Interact with diverse classmates from a variety of life stages and backgrounds

Program Learning Outcomes

PLO 1: Students will demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.

PLO 2: Students will engage in learning diversity and difference, understanding the importance of the “story” of everyone, regardless of status.

PLO 3: Students will advance biblical, social, and environmental justice.

PLO 4: Students will engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.

PLO 5: Students will engage in policy practice and understand the role policy plays in advocating for underrepresented groups.

PLO 6: Students will ethically integrate Christian faith in social welfare education.

Required Courses (36 Units)

Fall 2022
Introduction to the Helping Professions Urban Society and the Welfare State
Human Behavior and the Social Environment Social Problems and Public Policy
Spring 2023
Christianity and World Religions Abnormal/Cognitive Psychology
Foundations of Practice Cultural Competency in Practice
Summer 2023
Becoming a Change Agent Theory and Practice with Groups
Theory and Practice with Families Intro to Social Science Research

Career Opportunities

Social Work

Social welfare/social work is a growing profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics-Occupational Outlook Handbook, there were 715,600 social workers in 2020, there should be a 12% increase in the next ten years with 89,200 new jobs and California hires more social workers than the next two states combined-13,940 in 2020. Jobs include child welfare, juvenile and adult probation, work with older adults, nonprofit work, church based social work, substance abuse counseling, or special programs designed to help children and families.

The following is a sample of careers an individual with a Bachelor's degree in Social Welfare can pursue:

  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Case Management Aide
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Human Services Specialist
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Probation officer
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker


For more information on the admissions process and requirements for our Degree Completion programs, please visit our Degree Completion Admissions page.