Community Advocacy and Social Policy, BA

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This is your opportunity to explore issues of diversity, oppression and privilege and to examine advocacy and intervention strategies as preparation for engaging in social change.

The BA program in community advocacy and social policy focuses on advocacy strategies through an in-depth exploration, analysis and comparison of social service systems and policies from an empowerment perspective.

The program's emphasis is on examining the needs of historically under-served individuals, families and communities. Policy analysis and social change are 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.

While the Bachelor of Arts in community advocacy and social policy program is fully accredited regionally under the North Central Regional Higher Education Association, it is not accredited through the Council of Social Work Education because this degree is not a BSW degree. Therefore, the Bachelor of Arts in community advocacy and social policy degree would not fulfill a professional licensing requirement that requires a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work program.

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Community Advocacy and Social Policy, BA

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Career outlook

Graduates are prepared for employment in the social services arena, such as performing basic case management (benefit processing or certification); staffing hotlines or warmlines; referral, recruitment and volunteer coordinator positions; and prevention and education. In addition, advocate positions are part of many organizations and areas, such as hospitals and the behavioral health system. This degree program also prepares 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 and Human Service Assistants 16.8%$35,960
Health Education Specialists 11.4%$56,500
Community Health Workers 15.2%$42,000
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 11.7%$46,770
Counselors, All Other 13%$45,760
Marriage and Family Therapists 22.3%$51,340
Social and Community Service Managers 17%$69,600

* 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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