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Bachelor of Arts in Human Development: Social Change

The B.A. Completion Degree Program in Human Development: Social Change Concentration is for students interested in social activism, social change, policy making, community organizations, or other non-profit work.

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4 years part-time or 2 years full-time

30-60 credits required for completion

Eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credits

B.A. Human Development: Social Change Concentration

This Bachelor of Arts in Human Development degree program with a concentration in Social Change is rooted in the knowledge that personal growth and evoking positive social change are interconnected processes. Students will learn to collaboratively design and implement change in organizations, school or community and in society by creating participatory mediums such as storytelling, grant writing, research. Graduates of this bachelor’s degree in Human Development: Social Change program are empowered to use their voice and their minds in confronting the injustices they experience related to discrimination and privilege—creating positive change in the world.

Students pursuing the on-ground course of study may also have the opportunity to enroll in online courses. Additionally, our Credit for Learning from Experience option allows students to accelerate their progress toward a bachelor’s degree by earning undergraduate credit for experience they have gained in the workplace.

Sample Human Development Courses

Education for Critical Consciousness

Paolo Freire taught adults in Brazil; Sylvia Ashton Warner taught children in New Zealand. Both taught oppressed populations and believed that people learn through what they are passionate about. Their work will be read and discussed along with that of other theorists who have similar beliefs about such issues as moral development, relationships and literacy/curriculum.

Children’s Autobiographical Narratives as Social Justice Curriculum

This human development course will explore the use of children’s narratives as a means of developing anti-bias/culturally inclusive curriculum which supports children’s development as advocates for social change. This course will involve observations in the field as well as participants collecting and documenting children’s narratives. These narratives will be used to develop and implement anti- bias/culturally inclusive curriculum and build participatory classroom communities which empower children in their development as social change agents.

Other B.A. in Human Development Concentrations


Admission Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a traditional academic (non-vocational) area of study or successful completion of 48 units from a regionally-accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. and meet the following course requirements:
    • Humanities and the Arts (9 units)
    • Science and Math (9 units)
    • Oral and Written Communication (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in English Communications
    • Maximum of 3 units in Early Childhood Education Language Arts
    • Social Science (9 units)
    • Minimum of 3 units in Introductory Psychology
    • Minimum of 3 units in either Introductory Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement