The Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocacy and Social Policy through the School of Social Work is designed to offer you the opportunity to explore issues of diversity, oppression, and privilege and to examine advocacy and intervention strategies to engage in social change.
Next start date: 05/18/2020
Total classes: 39
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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As a student enrolled in the BA CASP online program, you will focus on advocacy strategies by exploring, analyzing, and comparing social service systems and policies in depth and from an empowerment perspective. You will learn to develop critical analyses of social policies and study how to create, implement, and evaluate advocacy strategies. Policy analysis and social change will be critical themes in developing an advocacy knowledge base, as they are equally important themes of prevention and social well-being.
Students will complete courses in two core sequence areas: the Diversity/Oppressed Populations Sequence focuses on oppressed or marginalized populations and systems of oppression/privilege, and the Social Problems and Interventions Sequence focuses on social problems that disproportionately affect members of an oppressed population and change strategies.
This degree will also prepare you to pursue graduate education. While the BA CASP program is fully accredited regionally under the North Central Regional Higher Education Association, it is not accredited through the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) because this degree is not a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. Therefore, the BA-CASP degree would not fulfill a professional licensing requirement that requires a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited BSW program.
The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.