The communities in which we live are important to all of us. Fostering a more just community and strengthening interpersonal ties is essential so all citizens have access to a more meaningful, healthy and prosperous life. Explore how oppression, privilege, discrimination, and social and economic disadvantage impact our justice system. Gain critical thinking and ethical decision making awareness. Develop leadership skills to strategically and effectively work on social issues within a professional context.
This degree is offered by AU Los Angeles.
You’re deeply concerned about community and justice issues. You have training in law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety or paralegal skills – and you’re ready to be more effective and employable as a problem solver and change agent. AULA’s Urban Communities and Justice major prepares you to understand your environment in new ways so you can make a difference using a combination of local expertise with broader perspectives
The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban Communities and Justice is part of a suite of Applied Studies degrees, each of which provides an opportunity for students with technical, occupational, and other professional training to apply that learning toward the completion of an undergraduate degree that both embraces their technical background and integrates it as a part of an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students who have 27 or more units in one cohesive technical area (units that would not be transferable into our Liberal Studies degree) can transfer those units in as part of an Applied Studies major and then complete the degree program through professionally-focused learning. These degree programs give students the opportunity to connect their technical expertise to a liberal learning framework that will make them more effective as problem solvers and leaders in their fields.
The Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban Communities and Justice serves students who have experience in and an interest working on community and justice issues. Because this is an Antioch degree, issues related to our mission of social contexts, just behavior, advocacy and restorative justice dictate the primary discourse. The goal of the major is to prepare individuals to work as community professionals, advocates, and change makers who understand their communities and the forces that disadvantage certain groups and individuals within those communities. No matter what their professional path, students will be prepared to take on the role of social change agent.
The length of time it will take a student to complete a degree depends upon (1) the number of credits transferred into the program and (2) the number of credit hours taken each term. Antioch University operates on the quarter system. There are ten weeks of classes each quarter followed by a three-week break while instructors review and evaluate students’ work.
In order to complete your degree, you will need to meet the learning goals and complete the curriculum specific to your major as well as certain undergraduate degree requirements. Applied Studies degree requirements include the following (earned through AULA enrollment and/or transfer):
- 180 quarter units to graduate
- 75 or more upper-division units (almost all of our courses are upper division)
- Foundational courses to establish context and familiarize you with the skills you’ll use as you progress academically
- Eight units of experiential, non-classroom learning such as internships, self-directed independent studies or prior learning, to associate academics with real-life applications
- Ten units of interdisciplinary, hybrid seminars focused on topics such as leadership, business communications, cultural contexts, justice and equity, or technology in society
- Nine units (or about three courses) directly related to your degree
Students completing this degree will demonstrate the ability to:
- Identify ways in which oppression, privilege, discrimination, and social and economic disadvantage contribute to inequalities and injustices within communities and justice systems
- Engage in critical thinking and ethical decision making, evidencing an awareness of the challenges faced by community professionals while considering the individual, organizational and societal implications of policy and justice decisions
- Design innovative approaches and identify leadership strategies for dealing with a variety of social issues within a professional context
How to Apply
Complete and submit the Online Application.
- Complete and submit the Admissions Dialogue.
- Submit the Application Fee $50. Note: The application fee is waived for anyone attending an information session. Interested in attending? Sign up now!
- Request official transcripts from every accredited institution from which you have received units of academic credit. You must provide evidence that you have successfully completed 36 quarter units (24 semester units) or more of college-level learning.
- All materials are submitted to the Admissions Office. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
For students interested in receiving federal and state financial aid, high school graduation or an equivalency such as a GED is required. Students can also fulfill this requirement by completing six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate, or by receiving a passing score on an exam demonstrating an ability-to-benefit from a higher education. Students seeking governmental financial assistance may be asked to provide proof of high school completion or equivalency, as well as transcripts from previous college-level work.
|Quarter||International Application*||Priority Application**||Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Winter 2019||October 22, 2018||October 22, 2018||November 16, 2018||January 2, 2019|
|Spring 2019||January 22, 2019||January 22, 2019||February 15, 2019||April 1, 2019|
|Units per quarter||Cost|
|Full time (12-15 units)||$6,790|
|Half time (6-8 units)||$4,074|
|Less than half time||$679 per unit|
Please note: Additional fees for all Antioch University Los Angeles programs may include (but are not necessarily limited to) charges for materials, late registration, enrollment maintenance, parking, graduation, transcripts, tuition payment plan, late payments, late registration, and returned checks.
A majority of AULA students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AULA. Returning to school is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one.
Community College Scholars Program
A special scholarship exists for undergraduate students transferring from a community college with whom AULA has an articulation agreement. If granted a Community College Scholarship, students receive 3 units worth of free tuition in the first term, and 3 units in the second term, a savings of $4,000. You are eligible for this scholarship if you have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least 24 transferable semester units at a qualifying community college.
Undergraduate New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is scheduled every term. It’s a chance for students to visit campus, meet faculty, register for classes and get started on their educational journey. Upon acceptance into the program, students receive specific information for the New Student Orientation designed for them.
|BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS|
|Winter Quarter 2019|
|Monday, December 5, 5:00pm-7:00pm||AULA Library (w/ registration in the computer lab)|
|Tuesday, December 18, 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Teaching & Learning Center (w/ registration in the computer lab)|
|Individually as needed.|
To RSVP for an orientation, admitted students should email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-578-1080 ext. 210.