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School of Cultural and Family Psychology
Degrees Offered: Undergraduate
Program Concentrations: Students may choose a Generalist, Elementary Education or Advocacy & Social Justice concentration.
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 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.
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
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.