B.A. Community Psychology Degree 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 B.A. in Community Psychology degree program is designed to go beyond an individual focus by integrating sociological, economic, cultural, environmental, political and global influences to promote positive change, health and empowerment at multiple levels. The Generalist Concentration allows for nine (9) credits of course choices, so students can take a variety of classes in the human development and education departments, with topics ranging from early childhood education, trauma, and lifespan development.
The Elementary Education Concentration in the B.A. in Community Psychology degree program prepares students for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. This education curriculum is based on a constructivist framework that is responsive to multiple sources of diversity in the education of children. By engaging in supervised learning experiences, students in this concentration learn about essential principles of pedagogy and child development with a strong grounding in community psychology.
Advocacy & Social Justice
The Advocacy & Social Justice Concentration creates mental health and social service advocates for change in traditionally underserved communities who can challenge the range of social justice, equity, and inclusivity issues at local, national, and global levels. With a foundational knowledge base in community psychology, adding this concentration will train leaders, advocates, organizers, and dreamers for future leadership positions in these areas of critical need.
Sample Community Psychology Courses
Introduction to Community Psychology
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction in to the field of community psychology. The history of the community psychology, research methodologies, theories and key concepts will be discussed. The ways in which individuals, social systems and communities are interconnected will also be discussed.
This course aims to begin unpacking some of these relationships around the concept of “community” by conducting a community-based mapping project. Maps can be powerful tools to tell stories and know about communities we live. By creating a framework to understand and represent our communities better, we can collect, analyze, and represent valuable knowledge about the communities around us. By developing a community-based mapping projects with these new technologies, students will reveal new insights about communities that were not so visible before mapping.
Community Mental Health
The purpose of this course is to provide you with an introduction in to the field of community mental health. This course will provide an overview of emerging issues in community mental health counseling, and will learn ways in which to address systemic issues within a person’s community and surroundings that affect their mental health.