School of Arts and Social Sciences

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

Department of Business

The Department of Business stands for quality, leadership, service and a commitment to excellence in education. The department’s goal is to graduate students who combine a high degree of technical competence and preparedness to assume positions of interest and responsibility with a well-rounded and ethical approach to people, work, and life.

Programs Offered

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Business Administration which includes concentrations in Finance, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and International Business’.

Minors in: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Management, and Marketing

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course Descriptions

Accounting (ACCT)
Business Administration (BUAD)
Economics (ECON)
Finance (FNCE)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG)

Read the Department of Business section in the Academic Bulletin.

Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers two four-year curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology and the Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. The department also offers two Master of Arts degree programs. One M.A. degree in Professional Counseling Psychology and the other M.A. degree is offered in Counseling Psychology. Both degree programs are offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at WAU. Each course is built on the basic philosophy that the “true principles of psychology are found in the Holy Scriptures (1MCP 10.1).”

Career Development

The bachelor’s degree in psychology provides adequate preparation for graduate school. For professional practice in the field, additional psychology courses in graduate school may be required. Recent developments indicate that an undergraduate degree in psychology also makes a sound basis for paraprofessional, community, and public affairs programs. The psychology student is advised to become a student member of the American Psychological Association and to study The Psychology Major and Career Opportunities for Psychologists published by that organization.

Programs Offered

Psychology (BA), Counseling Psychology (BS)

Minors: Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Behavioral Science

Counseling Psychology (MA), Professional Counseling Psychology (MA)

M.Ed. School Counseling

Course Descriptions

Psychology (PSYC)
Sociology (SOCI)

Read the Department of Psychology section in the Academic Bulletin.

Department of Education

Entrance to the Professional Education Program and Internship Requirements

Education students are reminded of the importance of applying for admission to the Professional Education Program prior to enrolling in any of the upper-level courses. It is important to keep the following deadlines in mind:

For Admission to the Professional Education Program (PEP)

If you want to be admitted by: Your Application is due:
Spring December 1
Fall April 1





For Admission to the Internship Program

If you want to begin internship by: Your Application is due:
Fall or Spring semester February 1





By the end of the sophomore year, students should have taken and passed the Praxis I test and passed with a score of 527. Please note that if you have a score of 1100 prior to 2019 or 1180 after 2019 on the SAT, or an ACT score of 24 and have an overall GPA of 3.0, you will not need to take the Praxis I test. Praxis preparation courses are available each semester to prepare students to successfully complete this requirement. Please speak with your advisor about the schedule.

Praxis information is provided below:

For Test Dates:

For Resources:

The professional education sequence is designed to provide experiences that prepare educators for early childhood, elementary and secondary school settings. The program provides a broad-based liberal arts foundation and practical applications that foster the holistic development of students who are liberally educated and professionally prepared. Entrance to the Professional Education Program and Internship Requirements

Career Opportunities

Programs in education prepare students for teaching careers in early childhood (Pre-K – 3), elementary (K-6), and secondary education (K-12) settings as well as for educational work in trades and industries. With appropriate training and/or licensing, students may enter teaching careers or find positions in curriculum development, pupil personnel (particularly residence hall deaning), evaluation and educational administration. Graduates may also serve as church educators directing religious educational programs and Bible instruction in local church settings. Washington Adventist University offers liberal studies degrees that emphasize special education in the elementary and early childhood programs. This focus prepares graduates to fulfill roles in various teaching and co-teaching settings, addressing diverse learning needs.

The programs are designed for those interested in working with children and/or youth in childcare settings, preschools, before and aftercare programs, vocational training, or youth centers, and secondary schools.

Programs Offered

Liberal Studies: Certification and non-certification Early Childhood/Special Education (BA), Liberal Studies: Elementary/Special Education (BA), Physical Education (BS), Music Education (BM), and English Education (BA).

The degree programs are accredited by NAD and MSDE and lead to teacher certification. Currently Elementary/Special Education and Early Childhood/Special Education Programs are also offered through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and address the needs of Paraprofessional Educators desiring to earn a Bachelors degree in preparation to enter their own classrooms for fulltime practice. For further information, please see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies section of the Bulletin.


Read the Department of Education section in the Academic bulletin.