Trauma Advocacy

Undergraduate Minor - 21 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

The field of trauma advocacy trains people to serve as liaisons to victims and survivors of relationship abuse, including child abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, domestic assault, and elder abuse. Those choosing to make a difference in the lives of others and get involved may choose this minor.

Program Description:

Trauma advocates often work for the county or state to provide resources, support, and practical guidance through the process of reporting a crime, seeking counseling or legal help, the criminal justice system, and recovery. Being trauma informed is also essential for successful delivery of many related careers. This minor is particularly well suited to pair with majors such as psychology, human services, criminal justice, pre-law, human resources, and education. This minor is currently only available in an online format.

  • Online

Trauma Advocacy Minor Courses (required)

  • TRAC 300 Introduction to Trauma Advocacy
  • TRAC 498 Capstone: Beyond Trauma
  • 15 credit hours of trauma advocacy electives

Trauma Advocacy Electives (15 credit hours required)

  • TRAC 310 Psychology of Trauma
  • TRAC 315 Trauma Advocates and Campus Security
  • TRAC 320 Criminal Justice and Trauma
  • TRAC 410 Trauma & Transformation
  • TRAC 415 Preventing Compassion Fatigue
  • TRAC 440 Physiology of Trauma
  • TRAC 460 Collaborative Victim Services
  • TRAC 470 Psychology of Relationship Violence
Admissions criteria for the Trauma Advocacy program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Trauma Advocacy program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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