Community Advocacy and Social Policy (BA)

The BA program in community advocacy and social policy focuses on advocacy strategies by exploring, analyzing and comparing social service systems and policies in-depth and from an empowerment perspective. Emphasis will be on examining the needs of individuals, families and communities that have been historically under-served. Policy analysis and social change will be critical themes in developing an advocacy knowledge base, as are the equally important themes of prevention and social well-being. Students complete courses in two core areas: diversity and oppressed populations, and social issues and interventions.

Degree Offered

Community Advocacy and Social Policy (BA)
Public Service and Community Solutions, College of

Downtown, West, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Graduates will be prepared for positions in the social services arena including performing basic case management (benefit processing or certification); staffing hotlines or warmlines; referral, recruitment and volunteer coordinator positions; and prevention and education efforts. In addition, advocate positions are part of many organizations such as hospitals and the behavioral health system. This degree will also prepare students to pursue graduate education.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Social Workers, All Other3.8%$59,100
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other8.2%$41,420
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 21.4%$57,200
Farm and Home Management Advisors 10.9%$46,520
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs1.6%$42,200
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Healthcare Social Workers 19.3%$51,930
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives4.2%$80,930
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 13.9%$62,440
Child, Family, and School Social Workers6.2%$42,120
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 18.9%$41,380
Transportation Planners -2%$75,630

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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