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

672 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.

679 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, and prepares students for mezzo practice in these settings.

671 Micro Practice & 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.

673 Macro Practice & 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.

686ab Field Practicum
Supervised field placement to develop depth of skill and practice in area of concentration.

Students can also choose from a variety of electives to build knowledge in population-specific topics, including:
617 Substance Abuse with Consideration of Other Addictive Disorders
664 Consultation, Coaching and Social Entrepreneurship
681 Managing Diversity in a Global Society