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Online Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development: Social Change

The Online B.A. Human Development: Social Change Concentration focuses on social activism, social change, and policy making in the context of community organizations and nonprofit work.

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2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

30-60 units needed for completion. A minimum of 30 credits must be earned at Pacific Oaks College.

Eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credits

Online B.A. Human Development: Social Change Concentration

Understanding that one’s personal growth is interconnected with bringing about positive social change, the B.A. Completion Program in Human Development: Social Change Concentration is for individuals who wish to acquire the skills to evoke large-scale change.

The online coursework for this bachelor’s completion program is geared toward working adults, or anyone who wants the flexibility of participating in coursework as it fits with their schedule. Story-telling, dreaming, the arts, grant-writing, action research, the use of budgets and timelines, and autonomous community building are among the methods and mediums employed. Graduates with this degree will be prepared to design and implement programs that foster participation as a method of creating positive social change in organizations, schools, or communities.

Sample Courses

Social and Political Contexts of Human Development

The diverse social, economic and political contexts of our society affect the socialization of the individual and his/her understanding of human development. A primary focus of this course will be the examination of attitudes and behaviors toward gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and privilege/entitlement, along with the historical and contemporary contexts within which specific theories of human development were created and perpetuated. Students will be challenged to examine these influences on their growth and perceptions of behaviors, define ethics within a context of societal power differentials and search for meaningful responses to address them.

Community as Context of Human Development

The social dynamics that we experience in community in our life influences our growth, identity, and our worldview. We all develop as unique individuals in the context of complex communities. We experience communities in different ways, through different institutions; i.e., home, family, classroom, neighborhood, third spaces, etc. This class 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. This class will explore community building as an avenue to examine and promote cultural competence and social equity. We will create a learning community as we explore other communities.

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Admission Requirement

  • 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