Social Welfare BIS Concentration

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What Is
Social Welfare?

The Social Welfare BIS concentration can help to improve your understanding of society and social behavior. Expand your skills in communication, problem solving, human relations and critical thinking. Gain essential skills that are transferable to almost any job or career. Learn new approaches to working with individuals, families and communities. Develop a better understanding of cultural diversity, human behavior, and social policy and services. For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please view the Concentration Checklist for Social Welfare.

• Concentration Checklist for Social Welfare (Word document)
Advisor: Laura Orr,, (480) 965-6081

Choosing your concentration area

This may be a tough decision as you begin thinking about all of the interdisciplinary concentration areas available through ASU. You may choose anything from Plant Biology to Recreation or from Public Administration to East Asian studies. With so many options, how do you choose?

Think about what you really want to do with this degree and what kind of job or career you want. Are you considering graduate school or a post-baccalaureate certificate? Talk to other people who have chosen the concentration area that you are considering. Remember, the degree does not necessarily get you the job. It is usually a combination of your education and experience, coupled with the specific skills that you can bring to the organization. Employers hire people, not degrees. Ask yourself what is going to differentiate you from the thousands of other recent college graduates? This is what you need to discuss with your advisor, teacher, internship supervisor, or a recent graduate from ASU.

What about graduate school?

Have you thought about attending graduate school after completion of your BIS degree? Did you know that you could earn a Master’s degree in 2 years or less?

Find out more about graduate degrees available through the College of Public Programs at ASU.

What about transfer students from another university or local community college?

Choosing ASU for completion of your Bachelor degree is a great decision, and making the decision to pursue the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Degree Program is a great decision too. Perhaps a traditional degree program did not meet your specific interests. Or that you had two specific areas of interest that cannot be satisfied with another degree program. For whatever reason, you are now interested in pursuing a BIS concentration area from the College of Public Programs. The College of Public Programs offers BIS concentrations in five areas, including Social Welfare, Public Administration, Recreation, Tourism, and Nonprofit Leadership.

Your BIS advisor can help you figure out what classes are needed to complete your BIS degree. If you have questions about one of the contrations offered through the College of Public Programs, please contact the appropriate Concentration Advisor.


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