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Community Psychology Concentration


Help and empower people—and entire communities—by gaining a stronger understanding of the social and community dynamics of human behavior. From violence and substance abuse to chronic and mental illnesses, the Community Psychology concentration explores research and community intervention strategies you can use to address real-world issues relevant to today’s diverse, multicultural populations. Learn how to collaborate with community agencies, nonprofit groups, and grassroots organizations to foster community engagement and promote positive change. Employ participatory action research (PAR) to develop a framework for addressing a real-world issue relevant to your own community.

Degree Requirements

  • 121 total units
  • General Education Courses  (49 units)
  • Psychology Courses (36 units)
  • Concentration Courses (15 units)
  • Elective Courses (21 units)

You can transfer up to 90 semester units into this program.

See the admission requirements.

Psychology Courses (36 units)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 110
PSY 205 Social Psychology 3
PSY 210 Learning and Cognition 3
PSY 215 Cross-Cultural Psychology 3
PSY 230 Motivation and Emotion 3
PSY 305 Development Across the Lifespan 3
PSY 317 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 331 Methods in Social Science Inquiry 3
PSY 335 Data Analysis and Evaluation 3
PSY 341 Theories of Personality 3
PSY 350 Latino Psychology 3

Community Psychology Concentration Courses (15 units)
PSY 360
PSY 450 Community Mental Health 3
PSY 460 Application of Psychology to Social Issues 3
PSY 461 Community Change through Participatory Action Research 3
PSY 462 Leading Community Engagement 3


Elective Courses (21 units)

Choose the courses that interest you from the Organizational Psychology concentration, our general education program, or our other undergraduate programs. At least one elective course (3 units) must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.