Social Work and Business in a Global Society


In the last few decades, the world has changed rapidly and so has the role of social workers. Social workers are not just making a difference through non-profit avenues but expanding their reach into the for-profit sector, including careers in corporate settings. Today, social workers are influencing how businesses work with their communities and customers to solve big social problems. They also define best practices for businesses including how to help individuals live healthy and productive lives.

The Social Work and Business in a Global Society concentration prepares students to be social work leaders in business environments. In corporate settings, social workers take on many roles, from helping employees manage the demands between work and life and mental health issues to helping companies build positive relationships with their communities. Our students are system thinkers who focus on the big picture, keeping in mind that businesses affect not only their employees and their families, but also the communities that depend on them. In this concentration, students will develop the skills needed to create positive change in complex corporate environments. They are encouraged to think globally and to reflect on the impact of today’s influential business organizations.

Potential Job Titles

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Clinician
  • Behavioral Health Care Manager
  • Organizational Change Management Consultant
  • Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager
  • Employee Wellness Specialist
  • Director of Sustainability

Curriculum

Required Courses

  • Context and Policies of Social Work Practice with Work Environments
  • This course prepares students for practice in work-related environments through analysis of practice roles, settings, historical to current practice trends, business and economic contexts, and policy analysis.

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  • Mezzo Theory and Practice in Work-Related Environments
  • Emphasizing group and organizational dynamics, this course provides an understanding of human behavior in work-related environments, exploring how to work with teams and groups to decrease conflict, increase collaboration, address traumas that may affect employees, and facilitate strategic planning and development.

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Selectives (Students Must Choose at Least One):

  • Micro Practice and Evaluation in Work-Related Environments
  • Drawing upon clinical evidence-based models, this course prepares students for micro-level practice and evaluation to improve individual/family well-being within diverse work-related practice environments. Micro practice skills include clinical assessment, treatment planning, brief therapy and evaluating services.

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  • Macro Practice and Evaluation in Work-Related Environments
  • Prepares students for practice in work-related environments through analysis of practice roles, settings, historical to current practice trends, business and economic contexts, and policy analysis. Macro practice skills include organizational assessment, designing programs and interventions across complex systems, funding and budgeting methods and program evaluation.

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A Sample of Electives

  • Managing Diversity in a Global Society
  • Consultation, Coaching and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Substance Abuse with Consideration of Other Addictive Disorders

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