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Ashley Hammonds, MSW '11

Taking Pride in Her Culture

As a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Ashley Hammonds, MSW '11, takes pride in her culture and in helping to create awareness about the lives of modern day Native Americans.  More about Taking Pride... »

Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair James Lubben

'I'm a Dreamer'

Professor and Louise McMahon Ahearn Chair James Lubben talks about his love of flowers and how cultivation and nurturing translates to his teaching and relationships with his students.  More about 'I'm a Dreamer' »

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Concentrations & Curriculum

Through our curriculum and your application of this knowledge based on your field placements, you will gain skills and experience in social work practice, policy, ethics, and research.

Your Foundation Courses will cover content on theories of human behavior, diversity, clinical and macro practice, research, and policy. You will select either clinical or macro practice and begin your Specialized Practice courses. As a final-year student you will choose a concentration. You will have the opportunity to take five elective courses to further customize your academic experience.

Within either specialized practice, you will select a concentration or you have the option to create an individualized field by combining courses from two concentrations. You can further individualize your program by choosing electives within the Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College, or a consortium formed with other universities.

Selected courses in the Latino Leadership Initiative program are taught in Spanish and bolster students' cultural and linguistic competencies to work with Latino communities in the U.S. and abroad.

Everything comes together in your final year of study, when your advanced practice and policy courses and your field placement will be based on your chosen concentration. Choose from:

Children, Youth & Families
Global Practice
Health
Mental Health
Older Adults & Families
Individualized