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.”
- Admission to the B.A. program is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. However, applicants with a cumulative high school GPA below 2.0 will be considered for admission with the submission of additional required documents (see below). Applicants with college level studies will be expected to demonstrate an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. It is required that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received to support the application and request for transfer credit. (See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:
- Completed application and $55 application fee
- Interview with a member of the Admissions Committee
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
- Personal statement
- Applicants must submit a resume showing three or more years of significant professional or life experience or an official transcript confirming 24 transferrable units from a regionally accredited
Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral of high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester units at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Proof of qualifying academic history must be provided in one of the following ways:
- Official high school transcript recognized by the S. Department of Education showing an earned high school diploma, 2.0 GPA or higher, and date of graduation. A copy of a high school diploma, if transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day 5 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
- Official college transcript with 24 credits of transferable units with a grade of C or
- Official Associate degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
- Official college transcript from a regionally-accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
- Official NACES, ACREVS or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
- High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
- Official General Educational Development (GED) A copy of the student’s GED Certificate, or unofficial GED score issued by the state, can be submitted with a contingency that the Official GED document will be on file prior to day 5 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
- Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
- Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
- Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation
Applicants with a cumulative high school or undergraduate GPA below 2.0, applicants without three years of significant professional or life experience, or with less than 24 transferrable college units are required to submit additional documentation:
- One letter of support from someone (a non-relative) familiar with your ability to be successful in this program
- An additional essay three pages, double spaced typed (approximately 500-750 words). In your essay, please answer the following question:
- What life and professional experience do you possess that would enable you to be successful in the Pacific Oaks classroom focused on application of experience to course
- Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes social justice, cultural humility and respect for every individual (refer to the Mission and Vision statement of Pacific Oaks College).
Additional Requirements for students interested in pursuing Elementary Education and/or Special Education concentrations:
For students entering with 40 or more transfer units at the time of admission:
- Successfully complete CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test) or meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
- Proof of Registration for the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers): Multiple Subjects exams
For students entering with fewer than 40 transfer units at the time of admission:
Progression to a Credential Program Requirement:
Students who wish to pursue the BA Early Childhood Education degree with the Elementary Education and/or Special Education concentration must pass the CBEST or meet the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) by the conclusion of 40 GE units in order to progress into a credential track program. Students who pass the CBEST or meet the Basic Skills Requirement, must also show verification of registration for the CSET exams. For more information on Teacher Credentialing, please see the Credentials Office page under the Resource section of the POC website.
If a student does not pass the CBEST or meet the BSR by the conclusion of the 40 GE units, they may progress in the BA ECE degree program and attempt the CBEST or BSR until they have successfully passed. At the time a student has successfully passed the CBEST or BSR, they may request a program transfer by completing the Program Transfer form found on the Registrar’s Office webpage.
Passing CBEST or meeting the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) is the first step into a credential track program. In order to progress through a credential program and earn a California teaching credential, students will need to meet additional exam and CCTC requirements beyond successful completion of coursework.
Please note: Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the Admissions process.