B.A. Advocacy & Social Justice Degree Program
The B.A. Advocacy & Social Justice degree program is designed for those seeking the ability to effect positive change in the world. It provides students the confidence and knowledge to effectively mobilize communities and organizations for the greater good, preparing them for future work with civil liberties and individual rights, community development, disease and disability, education, environmental policy, labor, veteran’s rights, and more.
Culture and Communities
The Advocacy & Social Justice: Culture and Communities concentration is designed to increase a graduate’s ability to identify and explain the interaction and impact of culture on social systems. The coursework aims to develop a student’s grasp of creative and analytical methods they can use when confronting social justice issues and prepares them to advocate for those in communities experiencing disparity, inequity, and injustice.
The Advocacy & Social Justice: Education concentration is designed to heighten student’s awareness of inequity in educational systems while providing tangible solutions when advocating for youth, families, and communities. Students explore the history of diversity, equity, and social justice within early childhood education and acquire the tools for educating communities to take action when experiencing injustice.
Sample Advocacy & Social Justice Courses
A History of Social Justice Reform
This social justice course provides a foundational framework to explore the origins of social justice theory, the research surrounding social justice movements and the historical distribution of social resources that result in injustice and disparity. The course content immerses students in the defining tenants of social justice and its movements, the dimension and scope of the movements, the criterion required for action, the salience of group and individual motivation towards justice, the capacity to form justice judgements, the cognitive and behavioral reactions to injustice and the cross-cultural generalizability of justice considerations.
Social Media, Technology, and Social Change
Technology has revolutionized advocacy. This course demonstrates the role that media, modern technology, and social media engagement has had in sparking movements and maintaining oppression and subjugation. Students explore how communication tools have evolved and the ways they can be employed to fight injustice and maintain oppressive systems. Furthermore, this course will directly address the value of critical thinking processes to positively impact information technology, literacy, and technological disparities like the “Digital Divide.”
- 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
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Personal statement