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Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Global Practice

2012 Global Practice Cohort

Global Practice students go to field placements throughout the world to work with organizations that provide humanitarian relief and development.  Watch video »

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Global Practice Concentration

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is a leader in the education of global social work practitioners. The Global Practice Concentration will prepare you, in both Clinical and Macro practices, to work effectively in cross-cultural settings, to address global social issues, and to work towards the improved well-being of individuals, families, and communities around the globe.

You will learn to collaborate effectively when confronting complex issues using social development and rights-based approaches. Your work will be guided by the principles of human rights, social justice, and the promotion of sustainable solutions to social problems.

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work partners with international relief and development organizations to place students in international field placements. As a Global Practice student, you may provide training and support to case managers serving refugees and asylum seekers; draft immigration policies; help develop programs to prevent trafficking of children; write grant proposals, or evaluate the impact of housing programs on women, among other activities.

Our Global Practice graduates work domestically and internationally in a range of positions that involve direct practice, program development and management, program evaluation, research, training, capacity building, and policy work.

Clinical and Macro Social Work

Required courses include:
SW 797 Frameworks and Tools for Global Practice
SW 806 Global Policy Issues and Implications

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Boston College
Graduate School of Social Work
Eileen Ihrig
Director of International Programs
McGuinn Hall 126
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-1612