Sociological theory and research principles will guide critical academic exploration and development, which will be applied to a hands on practicum field experience under the supervision of faculty and professionals in the community. The A.A. degree and certificate in Community Studies will offer additional broader employment options and career advancement opportunities.
Community Studies is an applied sociology program that provides a foundation for students to explore the social services, community development practices, and social justice efforts to address social inequities.
The degree and certificate in Community Studies are designed to prepare students to work in public, private, and nonprofit community service organizations such as social service, educational, correctional, mental health, community development and community health agencies, and programs. The A.A. degree may also serve as the first level of education in a career ladder leading to a BA in social work, community development, or sociology and then on to advanced study in a variety of graduate programs leading to masters and doctoral degrees.
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of the social services, community development practice, and related public policy.
- identify, analyze, and help to construct strategies for social change through participation in the social justice work of an organization.
- analyze how communities attempt to overcome problems associated with inequality, cultural stigma, prejudice, and discrimination.
- analyze social service and community development organizational structures and their functions.
- identify and evaluate the various roles of a community worker.
- assess, compare, and develop core interventions and community resources.
- integrate personal sensitivity and awareness of the cultural diversity of clients, professionals, and communities.
- assess and apply knowledge of existing professional codes of ethics and laws related to the social services and community development.