What will I learn?

Community psychology examines social problems and promotes the well-being of people in their communities.

While the field draws heavily from psychology, it also draws from theory and practice in sociology, community development, ecology, public health, anthropology, cultural and performance studies, public policy, social work, and social justice movements.

Through community research and action, community psychologists produce knowledge that can inform social policies, social service work, helping practices, and community change.

Career Focus

The Community Psychology major provides rigorous academic preparation for students who wish to pursue careers in human services, community development mental health, family and youth programs, counseling, prevention, program evaluation, community arts, multicultural program development, and human relations. The major also prepares students for graduate work in a variety of academic and applied research fields including psychology, sociology, counseling, public health, and social work as well as interdisciplinary graduate work in the arts, humanities, and social sciences including cultural studies and policy studies.

Community Psychology Learning Objectives

The Community Psychology curriculum advances the four core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Community Psychology:

1) Develop an understanding of human development and well-being within an ecological framework.

2) Draw upon the strengths and perspectives of diverse stakeholders in defining and solving social problems.

3) Utilize interdisciplinary methods and approaches to community action and research.

4) Understand, evaluate and participate in the development of effective intervention, prevention, and health promotion strategies and programs for individuals, small groups, and communities.

5) Integrate knowledge across disciplines and contexts in ways that respect different approaches to understanding human development and well-being.

6) Work collaboratively across diverse groups and organizations through community-based experience and internships.

Which department am I in?

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (Bothell)

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington Bothell

18115 Campus Way NE,



98011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.