Online Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocacy & Social Policy
The community advocacy and social policy program gives you the opportunity to explore issues of diversity, oppression and privilege. You will develop advocacy and intervention strategies that will allow you to make informed decisions to better engage in social change and advocate for the communities you seek to serve.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 39
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is community advocacy?
Community advocacy refers to the grassroots strategies individuals and organizations use to meet the social needs of individuals, families and communities. Coursework in the community advocacy and social policy program focuses on understanding how forms of oppression have impacted people and societies in historically underserved groups up through the present day. Earning a community advocacy and social policy degree will equip you to act as a social change agent through policy analysis and community-based action.
Why is advocacy important in community services?
Without a background in community advocacy, program administrators and coordinators may not adequately understand how oppression and inequity continue to influence society. In fact, without this knowledge, employees in the field may actually perpetuate some of the issues they are trying to solve.
The online community advocacy and social policy degree gives you a deeper understanding of social problems and issues, how these issues have historically impacted society, how they have evolved and how they continue to influence the world today.
What’s unique about this community advocacy and social policy degree?
This program has two key focus areas: diversity and oppressed populations, and social problems and interventions.
Community advocacy and social policy program courses
You will take a variety of courses covering topics including introductory ethics, diversity and oppression in a social work context, advocacy strategies and much more. The program culminates in a final capstone project that allows you to explore your own interests within the context of community advocacy and social policy.
SWU 291: Social Service Delivery Systems
SWU 303: Micro Human Behavior and the Social Environment (L or SB)
SWU 306: Ethics in Social Services (L)
SWU 320: Research Methods in Social Work
SWU 332: Social Policy and Advocacy
SWU 340: Macro Human Behavior and the Social Environment (SB)
SWU 350: Whole Person Health Across the Lifespan (SB)
SWU 374: Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context (C)
What can I do with a social policy degree?
The online community advocacy and social policy degree will prepare you to work within the social services sector across a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, and child welfare and human service agencies, among others. Graduates will be prepared for employment in the social services arena, such as performing basic case management (benefit processing or certification); staffing hotlines or warmlines; referral, recruitment and volunteer coordinator positions; and prevention and education. In addition, advocate positions are part of many organizations such as hospitals and the behavioral health system. This degree program also prepares students to pursue graduate education. Career examples include:
Admission requirements for community advocacy and social policy
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
A college that’s dedicated to the public good
The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.
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