Pacific Oaks College Launches B.A. and M.A. in Advocacy and Social Justice Programs

The Social Justice-Centered College Continues to Pioneer Social Activism

Published : Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 11:21 AM

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the launch of two new programs, a Bachelors (B.A.) and Masters (M.A.) degree programs in Advocacy & Social Justice. With its 72-year dedication to equity, peace, and inclusion, Pacific Oaks College continues to be a higher education leader in anti-bias curriculum and culture-centered education. The Advocacy & Social Justice programs represent the school’s legacy of current, relevant, and progressive programming that responds to the needs of our community.

“Our country’s and the world’s need for skilled social justice advocates and change agents is greater than ever before. Our goal is to build upon the passion and experience of students to prepare advocates who will mobilize individuals and communities toward a common goal,” said Dr. Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D., President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School.

The B.A. and M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice programs provide students with the skills and knowledge to positively impact a variety of critical social issues, from children’s health care, to educational equity, to environmental issues. Both degrees push the boundaries of conventional classroom environments by applying critical lessons from past social movements with personal experiences to the complex and interconnected issues of today. Bachelor’s degree students acquire the foundational knowledge and skills needed for a career in social justice work and Master’s degree students enhance this knowledge with specific applications for action.

In concert with PO’s affiliate institution, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL), the M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice degree will incorporate graduate-level courses from COL’s Masters in Legal Studies program, incorporating a diverse and holistic approach to the study of social justice advocacy.

Social justice careers can be found in diverse settings, including non-profit and governmental sectors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, international agencies, and the legal field. Graduates may pursue careers as civil liberties workers, lobbyists, community health workers, conservators, LGBTQ activists, and special interest advocates. For Pacific Oaks’ inaugural Advocacy & Social Justice class, the institution will offer a tuition reduction of 20 percent to students who enroll in the spring 2018 semester.

About Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School

Founded more than 70 years ago by a small group of Quaker families, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) is a non-profit, accredited higher education institution offering Bachelor’s-completion and Master’s programs in human development, marriage and family therapy, education, early childhood education, teacher credentialing, and organizational leadership and change. Pacific Oaks Children’s School provides early childhood education programs for children ages 6 months through 5 years and has pioneered achievements in the areas of anti-bias education, emergent curriculum, and peaceful conflict resolution. The Children’s School is designated as an outdoor classroom demonstration site.

PO remains dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of each individual. The school has a long history of serving non-traditional and adult students and is known for its experiential and culture-centered approach to education. PO offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena, its San Jose Campus, and at instructional sites throughout California. PO is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). For more information, visit

Pacific Oaks College is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a non-profit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.






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