University in Oregon Adds Adult Degree Program to its Offerings in Salem

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Adult learners in Willamette Valley can finish their bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral studies in 16 months at George Fox University

Adult learners in the Willamette Valley interested in completing their bachelor’s degree and developing professionally within the field of human services are invited to apply for the fall semester social and behavioral studies program hosted at George Fox University’s Salem Site, 4600 25th Ave. N.E., Suite 150A, in Salem, Ore.

Students in the program learn to understand the stages of human development, study family and group systems, identify issues in delivering services to special populations, and consider ethical issues in human services.

The 36-semester credit degree-completion program can be finished in as few as 16 months. Classes meet one night each week from 6 to 10 p.m., and the fall Salem cohort begins meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The application deadline is July 31.

To apply online, visit and click the “Apply Now” link to access the online application. In addition, an information meeting is scheduled at the site for those who wish to learn more in person. It is set for Wednesday, April 6, at 6 p.m.

The degree is one of George Fox’s adult degree programs, which include bachelor’s degrees in management and organizational leadership, elementary education, health administration, project management, social and behavioral studies and technology management.

Other adult programs offered through the university’s Salem site are degrees in management and organizational leadership (online format) and elementary education.

“We have had renewed interest in the social and behavioral studies curriculum in the Salem area, and we are committed to providing those looking to enter, or who are already employed within, human services the education to deepen their understanding of people and to develop professionally,” said Dan Predoehl, an adult degree programs enrollment counselor. “The SBS major is an excellent springboard major into the university’s Department of Counseling programs, with many alumni moving on to complete a graduate degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy.”

For more information, call Sarah Marvin at 503-554-6165.

General education/elective courses are available for students who have fewer than the required credits needed to apply to the adult degree major. These courses are offered in a weeknight or weekend format and meet once a week for eight weeks, with two eight-week terms in each 16-week semester. Many of these classes will fill a student’s need for general education or elective credits.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Sarah Marvin
Adult Degree Programs

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