Pacific Oaks College Launches B.A. in Community Psychology The College’s Newest Program Addresses Community Needs and Social Action

Published : Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 2:38 PM

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School has announced the launch of its first full bachelor’s degree program, a Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology, to be available on campus in Pasadena as well as online starting in fall 2018. With over 70 years of dedication to respect, equity, peace, and inclusion, Pacific Oaks College continues to be a higher education leader in progressive programming that responds to the needs of the community.

Community psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on the study of how individuals relate to their communities and the reciprocal effect of communities on individuals. The field recognizes that just like individuals, communities have their own social and psychological dynamics. By examining these disciplines together, community psychology emphasizes understanding individuals within their social and cultural context, and aims to promote community well-being through research and action. Identifying these needs is the first step to positively impacting its future.

“Community psychology is the opportunity to advocate, empower, and reduce oppression within our communities that we serve. This field allows us to take social action to reduce inequalities within our society and work towards empowerment,” said Dr. Bree E, Cook, Psy.D., Associate Dean for the School of Cultural & Family Psychology and champion of the B.A. Community Psychology program.

The Community Psychology degree provides students with the skills and knowledge to make immediate impact in diverse settings such as higher education, public education, governmental health and human service agencies, non-profit organizations, and research and evaluation firms. Graduates may pursue careers as consultants, community service managers, behavioral interventionists, educators, and more.

For Pacific Oaks’ inaugural B.A. in Community Psychology class, the institution will offer a locked-in tuition rate for students who enroll in the fall 2018, spring 2019, and summer 2019 semesters. Students who enter the B.A. Community Psychology program in fall 2018 are also eligible to apply for the Community Psychology Scholarship, an award of up to $5000. For more information, applicants are encouraged to contact

About Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School
Founded more than 70 years ago, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) is a non-profit, accredited higher education institution offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in human development, marriage and family therapy, education, early childhood education, teacher preparation, advocacy & social justice, 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 is dedicated to the 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, online, 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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