The Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocacy and Social Policy through the School of Social Work is designed to offer you the opportunity to explore issues of diversity, oppression, and privilege and to examine advocacy and intervention strategies to engage in social change.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Class number may be less for transfer students.
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As a student enrolled in the BA CASP online program, you will focus on advocacy strategies by exploring, analyzing, and comparing social service systems and policies in depth and from an empowerment perspective. You will learn to develop critical analyses of social policies and study how to create, implement, and evaluate advocacy strategies. Policy analysis and social change will be critical themes in developing an advocacy knowledge base, as they are equally important themes of prevention and social well-being.

Students will complete courses in two core sequence areas: the Diversity/Oppressed Populations Sequence focuses on oppressed or marginalized populations and systems of oppression/privilege, and the Social Problems and Interventions Sequence focuses on social problems that disproportionately affect members of an oppressed population and change strategies.

This degree will also prepare you to pursue graduate education. While the BA CASP program is fully accredited regionally under the North Central Regional Higher Education Association, it is not accredited through the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) because this degree is not a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. Therefore, the BA-CASP degree would not fulfill a professional licensing requirement that requires a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited BSW program.

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Related Careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocacy and Social Policy have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Example Careers

  • social services and case management
  • volunteer coordinators
  • hospital and behavioral health advocates


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