Pacific Oaks College

School of Cultural and Family Psychology

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Community Psychology Program 

Degrees Offered: Undergraduate

Program Concentrations: Students may choose a Generalist, Elementary Education or Advocacy & Social Justice concentration. 


At A Glance

Full-time Faculty: 6

Full-time Faculty Identifying as Community Psychologists: 3

# of Students Admitted Each Year: 100

Available Student Assistantships: Federal Work Study 

The Program

The B.A. Community Psychology degree program seeks to teach students to promote well-being, empower and invigorate communities, and support a sense of community and family-centric models of service and learning. Through an immersive curriculum focused on the integration of sociological, economic, cultural, environmental, political and global influences, this program will promote positive change, health and empowerment at multiple levels. The program is designed for students interested in doing community based, action-oriented research. Students take part in two immersive fieldwork courses where they will develop research projects that allow them to directly, positively affect local communities while pursuing their degree.

The program includes both research and practice training. 

Community Psychology Faculty and Research Interests

  • Anti-Bias Education
  • Anti-Racism
  • African American Families 
  • Community Psychology Undergraduate Students
  • Latinx Family Studies
  • Trauma (Early Childhood Trauma, Military Trauma, Immigration Trauma)
  • Parenting


  • Pacific Oaks College graduated its first BA in Community Psychology class Summer 2020.
  • The program focuses on training future researchers and practitioners. Graduates from the program are typically employed in education, government, healthcare, and/or the nonprofit sector. 


  • B.A. Pathways to Graduate School Programs
    • B.A. to M.A. “Excel-lerate” Program
      • The “Excel-lerate” program provides qualified Pacific Oaks College undergraduate students the opportunity to get a jumpstart on their master’s degree at Pacific Oaks by completing up to two (2) graduate-level courses during their B.A. program—while still paying the lower undergraduate tuition rate.
      • B.A. to J.D. Pathway Program
        • Pacific Oaks College has a long held commitment to educating advocates who promote social justice and equality in classrooms, organizations, and communities. Now, students have the opportunity to pair a legal education with their bachelor’s degree from Pacific Oaks and prepare for careers in law, policymaking, government, and so much more.
        • With Pacific Oaks’ B.A. to J.D. Pathway, you can take up to three graduate level legal courses during your bachelor’s program that count toward the completion of your B.A. degree as well as your J.D. (Juris Doctorate) degree at The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL).


Requirements for Degree Completion:

BA in Community Psychology Credit Requirements

37 General Education Credits

53 General Elective Credits

21 Upper Division Community Psychology Program Credits

  • Plus 9 units for Generalist Concentration

120 Credits Total 

Community Psychology Program Courses - Pacific Oaks College maintains a 30-unit residency requirement.

CP Program Prerequisites:

—      PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology*

—      PSY 103: Developmental Psychology*

—      PSY 105: Abnormal Psychology*

—      PSY 201: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience*

—      STATS 225: Integrated Statistics

—      RESM 235:  Research Methods for the Social Sciences

*Courses are required before taking Core Courses

CP Program Core Courses – 21 units total (listed in sequence). Courses are taken in sequence.

—      CP 301: Introduction to Community Psychology CP 310: Mapping Communities

—      CP 310: Mapping Communities

—      CP 320: Psychology of Culture, Power, and Inequality

—      CP 410: Community Mental Health

—      CP 430: Principles of Field/Action Research

—      CP 470: Fieldwork in Community Psychology

—      CP 480: Community Psychology Capstone and Fieldwork

(Prerequisites are listed in the catalog)

Generalist Concentration Choices – 9 units total – Choose 3 courses from the list.


Fieldwork in the Community Psychology program is designed to provide experience in an educational, government, health, or non-profit/community-based agency.   This opportunity is for students to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout the Community Psychology degree program in a professional setting.  Fieldwork can be central to the development of clarity about a student’s career goals and their sense of calling to specific work.  Students develop consultation and group skills, work collaboratively with community partners, and learn about the field of community psychology.  The specific learning plan will be created with fieldwork instructor, fieldwork supervisor, and student. Fieldwork placement will occur over two terms/semesters.  There is a minimum of 40 hours per class (CP 470 & CP 480) required by each student at their site in each term/semester.