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Katya Shkurkin

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Community Services Program (Major.)

Department overviewCommunication studies (M., m.) Community services (M.)Community services and social work internshipsCriminal justice (M., m.)Legal studies (m.)Social justice (m.)Social work (M.)Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)Women's studies (m.)Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series

What is the Community Services Program?

Community services is an interdisciplinary program that combines social work, sociology, economics, history / political science and psychology. The integrative nature of the program prepares graduates for professional work as social workers and other human service practitioners.

Why study community services at Saint Martin's?

At Saint Martin’s, the rigor of classroom study and theory is combined with extensive field internship opportunities to ensure that students develop a working knowledge of a variety of social service delivery agencies in a practical environment.

Faculty members are practicing professionals who bring years of experience to the classroom. The curriculum they have designed focuses on helping students develop the ethical and analytical thinking essential for professional life in social work, psychology, foreign service, and a variety of other human service professions.

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate community services outcomes website.

Note: The community services major is offered at the University's main campus only.

What's required?

  • 51 semester hours of lower-and upper-division courses
  • 600 internship hours
    150 hours (three credits) are required in the CSP 290 placement and a total of 450 hours (nine credits) are required in their CSP 390 and CSP 490 placement. CSP 390 and CSP 490 are to be taken in consecutive semesters at the same placement site.

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of community services requirements.

Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

What can I do with this major?

Community services graduates are qualified to make significant contributions to the community both personally and professionally. They work in such areas as:

  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Public planning
  • Research and development counseling
  • At-risk youth (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, etc.)

The program also provides a solid background for pursuing additional education in graduate school in social work, psychology or public administration.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Research/internship opportunities

Internships are available with such local agencies as the Community Youth Services, Kokua, Safeplace and the Thurston County offices of the state Department of Social and Health Services. In Tacoma, Saint Martin’s has relationships with the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, DSHS Drug Court, Catholic Community Services, and the Franciscan Hospice Center. Many additional agencies throughout Washington cooperate with the University, and agency staff attempt to aid students in all possible ways.

For internship requirements and a complete list of opportunities, please visit our internship website.

Related fields of study

Social work (M.) | Communication studies (M., m.) | Women's studies (m.) | Sociology and cultural anthropology (M., m.) | Social justice (m.) | Criminal justice (M., m.) | Legal studies (m.)

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