Degrees & Curriculum

The following degrees and certificates are offered as part of the Social and Human Services program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech).

LWTech's Social and Human Services program offers an Associate of Arts (AAS) degree and also a Certificate of Proficiency.

The AAS degree consists of 100 credits, and would typically take about two years to complete. The certificate program consists of 60 credits and might be completed in four quarters of study. The exact length of any one student’s program will depend on whether they require preparatory courses in English or Math, whether they pass all classes, how many classes they complete per quarter, and whether they enter with transferable credits from another college. 

Students who are not yet qualified for English 099 or Math 087 are advised to begin work towards those requirements as soon as possible, as they will need to add additional courses to complete the course sequence and thus the degree.


AAS Degree Cohort Model

SHSV degree students will work through their courses together with the same group of students, known as a cohort. Students will enter the degree program either in the fall or the spring quarters only. They develop supportive relationships with a small group of students who will progress together, quarter by quarter, through a standard sequence of courses.

This model allows us to ensure that students have access to the courses they need in a predictable fashion. We can avoid scheduling conflicts with their other courses, ensure they have access to their pre-requisites, and plan for their work and personal lives. Cohort models have been shown to provide students with a shared support system and increase their likelihood of graduation.

Students will still have individual options for their technical electives within the program, their academic core classes and their general electives.

LWTech does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student's responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an advisor or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Students who are first enrolling at the college in winter or summer quarters should contact the program faculty for advising on what courses they can take in preparation. Those starting in winter or summer will be encouraged to complete their academic core courses: Math, Communication & Humanities.


Transferring to a 4-year Program

Many SHSV students choose to pursue a four-year degree in order to expand their job opportunities. LWTech has articulation agreements with several colleges and universities to ensure our graduates can transfer easily into these other schools. Upon completion of the Social and Human Services AAS at LWTech, students may transfer to the following baccalaureate programs at junior status: 

Students should contact an advisor at the transfer college to determine specific transfer requirements.

Social and Human Services Program Pathways Map

Other 4-year programs which might interest our graduates include