College of Science and Health > Academics > Psychology > Undergraduate > Psychology (BA) > Concentration Requirements > Community Concentration
The Community concentration focuses on research and community
intervention strategies to address real-world issues, such as violence,
substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, chronic illness and mental health problems
among diverse, at-risk populations. It also provides students with
educational and practical skills for scientific and leadership
development as community advocates of social justice and empowerment.
The Community concentration prepares graduates to work in
collaborative ways with community agencies, nonprofit groups and
Take prior to PSY 356
There are general areas that community psychology covers: social bases of behavior, social justice, diversity, human development, and public policy. We encourage you to keep these in mind when selecting the final four electives. Make sure to reach out to your advisor as soon as possible to help you plan your curriculum.
Students interested in trauma studies are highly encouraged to take: PSY 372 and PSY 378 as two of the four of their psychology electives.
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.
Applications to the community concentration are due February 18th (winter quarter) of the applicant's junior year.
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This concentration includes an internship.
Purpose of the Program
A wide range of settings are available, including those which involve working in schools, rehabilitation settings, independent research institutions, and assisting in various community agencies. Working with faculty on community-based research (at DePaul or other institutions) can also serve as a fieldwork experience. During spring quarter of the Junior year, students select their fieldwork agency. Students may have an opportunity to meet some agency supervisors to learn more about the nature of the agencies and the actual internship responsibilities. Most undergraduate fieldwork experiences are unpaid.
The Internship Program is an integral component of the Community concentration. Students complete an internship to earn course credit for fieldwork done outside the classroom and gain practical, real-world experience in psychology. By working in various environments, students may gain a better understanding regarding career paths and graduate school decisions. Finally, students will be prepared to enter a master's or doctoral program in the field of psychology.
Students interested in the internship program apply during winter quarter of their junior year.
For more information on the Internship Program requirements and for an application, see the Psychology Department.