Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban Communities and Justice
Build a broader justice perspective
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.
In this program, you’ll explore how oppression, privilege, discrimination, and social and economic disadvantage impact our justice system, gain critical thinking and ethical decision making awareness, and develop leadership strategies to work on social issues within a professional context.
What to Expect
Among the requirements for this degree is the expectation for students to take a least 9 units (approximately 3 classes) of the following:
- Interpersonal Communications
- Management in the Multicultural Workplace
- Psychology of Leadership
- Social Justice Leadership & Advocacy*
- Restorative Justice*
- Performance Selection and Performance Appraisal
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Urban Gangs: Cross Cultural Perspectives*
- Urban Youth
- Introduction to Urban Communities & Environment
- Sustainable Los Angeles: Vision, Practice and Promise
- Social Theory of the City
- Autonomy, Sustainability, Justice: Community Organizing in LA
- Toolkit for Community Leaders
- Immigrant Experiences in the Global City
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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 leadership, business communications, cultural contexts, justice and equity, or technology in society
- Nine units (or about three courses) directly related to your degree
Classes and Instructors
We talk with you not at you
In a typical classroom at AULA, you’re likely to find about a dozen people of all ages and backgrounds engaged in an intimate and lively – even heated – discussion. Dedicated and experienced instructors provide expertise and facilitate learning by encouraging debate instead of lengthy lectures from a podium. AULA’s undergraduate students and alumni consistently cite our dynamic, interactive classrooms and teachers as the highlight of their academic experience.
The city is your classroom
At AULA, you will do more than read about urban studies or business concepts that have the potential to transform your career. You’ll actually meet and learn from social activists, and you’ll visit organizations that have ethical business practices in place, so you can understand how they do well by doing good.
Measuring success differently
Our instructors evaluate your learning with narratives that address your strengths and challenges rather than just assigning you a grade on a bell curve. Reflective essays, reading journals, collaborative projects, research papers, oral presentations, and even works of art replace exams and quizzes. These practices are core to Antioch University’s educational philosophy because they prepare you to produce the type of work that is expected in your professional world.