Dec 10, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Community Psychology, B.S.

Location(s): PBA Online

120 Credit Hours

Available to PBA Online students only

Multidisciplinary in scope, course work in Community Psychology involves consideration of social problems, provides a framework for development of substantive solutions, and facilitates the elucidation of the mechanisms that promote the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of people in the community. The major in Community Psychology provides rigorous academic preparation for students who wish to pursue careers in human services, family and youth programs, community development mental and physical health, counseling, violence prevention programs, multicultural program development, programs for the elderly, and human relations. The major also prepares the motivated student for graduate work in a number of academic and applied research fields including sociology, counseling, public health, and social work as well as interdisciplinary graduate work in the social sciences.

Elements of this degree are adapted from the on-ground psychology program offered through the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Program Structure

The required curriculum for the Community Psychology major is composed of three-credit hour courses normally offered during eight-week subterms.  Each online course is primarily asynchronous.  Students view lessons and complete assignments at the time of their choosing within stated course deadlines, which typically follow a weekly rhythm.  Online courses also invite students to attend several synchronous virtual class sessions through designated technology.  Generally for each 8-week course, students are invited to attend two or three of these live virtual meetings.  As an accelerated program, the Community Psychology major is designed so that full-time students can complete 30 credits each academic year: 12 credits each fall, 12 credits each spring, and 6 credits each summer. Students should expect to need a minimum of two fall and two spring semesters of enrollment to complete this major.

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

  1. Develop an understanding of all phases of human development across the lifespan.
  2. Cultivate an appreciation for the diverse perspectives and strengths in a multicultural environment in defining and solving social problems.
  3. Utilize interdisciplinary methods and approaches to advance communities through data-driven research.
  4. Understand the role of evaluation and participation in the development of effective interventions, preventions and health promotion strategies and programs for individuals, small groups and communities.
  5. Develop an appreciation for integrated knowledge across disciplines and contexts in ways that respect different approaches to understanding psychological, social, and physical well-being.

Graduation Requirements

Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements  outlined here. 

NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.

Major in Community Psychology Curriculum Requirements

Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Requirements - 45 Credit Hours

The Faith, Roots, and Reason Social Science requirement is fulfilled through a course in this major. Only 42 of the 45 credit hours of the Faith, Roots, and Reason program will still be required for the completion of this program.

As part of the remaining 42 credit hours of Faith, Roots, and Reason requirements, students must elect to complete LAS 1003 - Learning and Academic Success at PBA  from the Orientation menu and PLS 3003 - Freedom in American Society  as their “freedom” selection.

Elective Psychology Course - 3 Credit Hours

Select one upper-level PSY course (3 credit hours)

Additional Required Credit Hours - 33-36 Credit Hours

These additional hours may be fulfilled by a minor, second major, general electives taken concurrently, previous coursework taken at PBA, or through transfer credits. Up to 27 credits are possible through Professional Education Credits. See Academic Policies for information on PECs.