The mission of the community psychology program is 1) to prepare professionals to understand, empower and advocate for the well being of diverse individuals, families, and groups, within the framework of their culture, and the community; 2) to offer curriculum and community experience to prepare students competent to enter the work force as a bachelor's level practitioner or continue on for a graduate degree; and 3) to be effective in working in a culturally diverse and global context.
Community Psychology is an application of psychology that examines mental and behavioral health and relationships within the context of a person’s needs, abilities and community. People are understood both from an individual and ecological/holistic/and system’s perspective, thereby including the levels of individual, family, group, culture, institutions and community. The Community Psychology program emphasizes experiential learning, outreach and empowerment of underserved populations, and an ethic of giving back to the community.
It is important that students consult a Community Psychology program advisor by the spring of their sophomore year 1) to review any transfer or substitute courses that may be appropriate and 2) to complete the application process.
The Community Psychology minor serves as an excellent complement to major fields such as Child and Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, Women's Studies, and Bachelor of Elective Studies.
Graduates of this program may be employed in a wide variety of human service agencies, corporations, and government agencies or continue on for a graduate degree including:
Students can also apply for graduate degrees in counseling or professional psychology programs such as: