Online B.A. Community Psychology Degree Program
The Online B.A. Community Psychology degree program helps students complete their degree while balancing work or other commitments with the flexibility to complete coursework on their schedule. Community psychology online classes are offered for these students who need greater flexibility. You will learn to apply the principles of psychology at a systemic level and discover how to empower entire populations.
By recognizing the needs of a community—this can be as concrete as the need for water or as abstract as the need for cohesiveness—you will learn to use research to positively impact its future.
Online Community Psychology Concentrations
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 Online Community Psychology Courses
Introduction to Community Psychology
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the field of community psychology. The history of 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 gain knowledge about the communities where 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 project with these new technologies, students will reveal new insights about communities that were not so visible before mapping.
Community as a Context for Development
This course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of building, reflecting and including “community” in our learning spaces throughout our lives. Students will be expected to create strategies, which uses community to enhance learning and building a sense of belonging.