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How an Advocacy & Social Justice Degree prepares you for careers in social justice

February 7, 2018

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Published: February 7, 2018

Discover the skills you learn with a social justice degree and what it takes to be successful in your career path.

If you’re interested in social justice careers, a social justice degree can provide you the skills it takes to be successful.

Pacific Oaks College is now offering an Advocacy and Social Justice degree program with an interdisciplinary curriculum founded in psychology, education, human development, and legal studies.


What do you learn in a social justice degree program?

At its foundation, social justice is about advocating for underserved and underrepresented individuals and communities.

Pacific Oaks’ Advocacy and Social Justice B.A. and M.A. programs provide students techniques and strategies to create positive change within these communities.

Courses range from topics like “Social Media, Technology, and Social Change” to “Advocacy in Action.” Master’s students also have required fieldwork/internship hours to gain real-world experience.

Students in a social justice degree track learn skills like:

  • Leadership
  • Organization
  • Critical evaluation
  • Education
  • Legal systems
  • Research
  • Communication

What are some careers in social justice?

The skills listed above apply to many different career paths.

Advocacy and social justice careers can be found in nonprofits, grassroots and community organizations, NGOs, government agencies, education, social work, and the law.

No social justice career path is the same, and because social justice is such a broad concept with goals to create a more equal society, you can choose a focus area that resonates most with you.

These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Immigrant rights
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Women’s rights
  • Mental health rights
  • Victim advocacy

Wondering what a career in these fields might look like in California? You can work as a paralegal, a program coordinator, a policy analyst, a communications strategist, an outreach and community specialist—the list of possibilities goes on.

Currently, there are a wide variety of nonprofits and organizations based near our campuses that are looking for employees, interns, and volunteers. Find out more below.

Immigrant rights

Criminal justice reform

If you’re looking to get involved in criminal justice reform organizations in California, look into the following nonprofits:

Women’s rights

Mental health rights

Victim advocacy


No matter what path you choose to follow, leadership and communication skills are key. Advocacy and Social Justice programs like the ones at Pacific Oaks can help you acquire the skills necessary to pursue a social justice career.

Learn more about social justice degrees

Pacific Oaks is currently offering B.A. and M.A. in Advocacy and Social Justice programs at our Pasadena campus and online.

You can also check out an interview with Pacific Oaks Associate Dean Dr. Donald Grant on the Pacific Oaks Advocacy and Social Justice program here. For more information fill out the form below.




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