Community Studies, BA (online)
The online BA in Community Studies Program gives self-motivated students with 60 or more transferrable undergraduate credits the flexibility and convenience to complete their degree at UMass Boston. This online undergraduate degree program is a collaborative endeavor between the College of Public and Community Service (CPCS) and College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS).
About the Major
Community studies is an academic field dedicated to the study of forces that shape communities in a changing world. Our curriculum is designed to provide a well-rounded and stimulating learning experience by exploring a range of subjects relevant to the study of communities, including issues in social policy, urban studies, and global studies; and the complexities of the field.
As an online student in the BA in Community Studies Program, you will:
- examine the histories and cultures, identities and values, economic and political systems, as well as the environmental concerns affecting human communities.
- explore the human experience in a variety of community settings including geographic, social, cultural, virtual, and collective interest groups.
- acquire the analytical and practical skills needed to analyze communities, identify challenges they face, and serve as change agents to help communities overcome obstacles and build strengths.
- gain the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen civil society, and influence larger social systems in local, national, and international settings.
Upon graduation, you will have a broad and rich understanding about the human experience in communities that is grounded in knowledge and methods from the social sciences, humanities, applied sciences, and interdisciplinary fields.
Post Completion Options
A degree in community studies can lead to excellent career advancement in a variety of arenas, including:
- community-based organizations
- public agencies
- private corporations
- nonprofit institutions
Graduates of the Community Studies Program have pursued graduate studies in:
- environmental work
- ethnic studies
- health care
- human services
- nonprofit management
- political science
- public policy
- social policy
- urban planning