The Department of Health and Community Studies is comprised of two undergraduate (B.A. and B.S.) programs, a Human Services Bachelor of Arts and an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN), and two graduate programs, a Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.). Each program is committed to an academic learning experience that integrates theory and practice using a strengths-based model of professional practice and a shared commitment to equity and social justice. For more information on these programs, please visit wce.wwu.edu/hcs/health-and-community-studies.
JOHN KORSMO (2006) Chair and Professor. BA, Portland State University; MS, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
JACQUELYN BAKER SENNETT (2000) Professor. AB, Occidental College; PhD, Cornell University.
ANNE BLANCHARD (1997) Senior Instructor. BA, MEd Western Washington University; PhD, University of Washington.
ELIZABETH BOLAND (2004) Professor. Academic Program Director of Rehabilitation Counseling. BA, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; MS, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
SAMIT BORDOLOI (2013) AssociateProfessor. BA, Hindu College; MSW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences; MS, Kansas State University; PhD, University of Connecticut.
DANA BRICKHAM (2014) Assistant Professor and RC Clinical Coordinator. BA, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh; MS, PhD, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
DEVYANI CHANDRAN (2014) Associate Professor. BA, Lady Shri Ram College; MSW, Tata Institute of Social Sciences; PhD, University of Kansas.
BRETT COLEMAN (2016) Assistant Professor. BA, Northeastern Illinois University; MA, University of Illinois at Chicago; PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago.
HOPE CORBIN (2013) Associate Professor. Academic Program Director of Human Services. BA, State University of New York at Plattsburgh; MPhil, University of Bergen; PhD, University of Bergen.
SONDRA CUBAN (2013) Professor. Academic Program Director of Adult and Higher Education. BA, Sonoma State University; MILS, University of Hawaii-Manoa; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
RAINE DOZIER (2008) Professor. BA State University of New York; MA, PhD, University of Washington.
CHRISTINE ESPINA (2017) Assistant Professor. BSN, Oklahoma Baptist University; MSN, University of Washington; DNP, University of Washington.
STANFORD GOTO (2004) Associate Professor. BA, MA, PhD, University of California-Berkeley.
GAIL GOULET (2014) Senior Instructor. BA, Simon Fraser University; MEd, Western Washington University; PhD, University of Glasgow.
BILL LONNEMAN (2017) Assistant Professor. BSN, Xavier University; MSN, Indiana University; MA, Xavier University; DNP, Madonna University.
KATHE MATRONE (2004) Senior Instructor. BA, Idaho State University; MS, Utah State University; PhD, Michigan State University.
TRULA NICHOLAS (1994) Associate Professor. BA, MS, Western Washington University; EdD, Nova Southeastern University.
The Human Services major (B.A.) attracts students with a strong commitment to social and economic justice, human dignity, self-determination, and the desire to affect change through direct and indirect service delivery. Since the program’s inception in the mid-1970s, Western has graduated thousands of human services majors who have committed their careers to the helping professions. Graduates work in a variety of settings as case managers, grant writers, youth workers, volunteer coordinators, human resource specialists, fundraisers, trainers, or advocates working with people who have experienced child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, homelessness, addiction, and other social issues. Many graduates pursue advanced study in social work, education, public policy, law, nonprofit management or counseling.
Course of Study
The major provides students with an opportunity to build a deep understanding of the human services profession within dynamic and collaborative learning environments. Built on a liberal arts foundation, the core of the curriculum examines the profession within the context of self, individuals and small groups, organizations, communities, and global systems. Partnering with community-based human services agencies and organizations, the major incorporates several quarters of field study, including three supervised internships, that integrates theory, knowledge, and skills with professional practice. Together, classroom and field-based study prepares graduates to confront the challenges of the 21st century. For additional information visit: wce.wwu.edu/hs/human-services.
The Human Services major is offered in Bellingham, Everett, and via distance delivery (with staff and advising support available in Bellingham, Everett, and Bremerton). Some courses in Bellingham and Everett are hybrid, combining both face-to-face and online class sessions. Students enrolling in the Distance program take all courses online.
Applicants to the major in Human Services with a GPA below 2.75 may contact the department to discuss the admissions exceptions policy. A personal interview may be required.
For additional information on the Human Services major, see wce.wwu.edu/hs/human-services, call 360-650-7759, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Nursing BSN (RN-to-BSN) degree is a BSN completion program that includes 45 upper division credits to be completed at WWU. As an exclusively transfer degree at this time, it builds on and provides credit for previous GUR and nursing credits completed in an Associate Degree pre-licensure program along with WWU credits.
The RN-to-BSN program is specifically designed for nurses who have completed an Associate’s or Diploma nursing program, currently have their RN licensure or are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam.
RN-to-BSN applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may contact the program to discuss the admissions exceptions policy. A personal interview will be required.
For additional information on the RN-to-BSN Program, see wce.wwu.edu/bsn/rn-bsn-program, call 360-650-6700, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult and Higher Education
The Adult and Higher Education program is designed to prepare both entry-level and advanced practitioners as teachers, trainers, educators and administrators, in community college and continuing education settings as well as non-profit organizations. Upon graduation, competence is expected in such areas as leadership, program development, instructional technology, teaching, research, policy making, curriculum development, assessment and program planning.
For additional information, the program office is located in Miller Hall 417B, see wce.wwu.edu/ahe/adult-and-higher-education, call 360-650-3190, or email email@example.com.
The Rehabilitation Counseling program (M.A.) prepares dedicated and qualified rehabilitation counselors who will partner with individuals with disabilities to enhance their lives, including self-determination, independence, meaningful employment, and full community participation. Graduates work in a variety of public and private settings and are eligible to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination that is required by many organizations. The program includes a combination of delivery modes, with some classes offered at the program’s outreach site located at Everett Community College and other courses offered via distance in a web-based format.
For additional information, the program office is located at the Everett University Center, see wce.wwu.edu/rc/rehabilitation-counseling, call 425-405-1644, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CoursesAdult and Higher Education
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400, 500 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.Human Services
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.Nursing
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400, 500 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.Rehabilitation Counseling
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400, 500 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.