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International Focused Area of Study

Focused Area: International Issues in Social Work

The Focused Area in International Issues is designed for students who want to include a global perspective in their social work program. International issues specialization is useful for students considering careers in international development; work with immigrants, refugees, or inter-country adoption; advocacy work on global policy issues; and those who wish to broaden their domestic practice competence through understanding social issues internationally. Any student in the program is welcome to apply, including Advanced Standing students.

Before applying, please confer with Marilyn Cardone;

Requirements for the Focused Area of Study Recognition

  • Successful completion of six elective credits. Of these six credits, students must take one 3-credit required course that contains the core knowledge deemed to be essential by the Focused Area of Study faculty.
  • A year-long field placement in a field or practice relevant for the Focused Area of Study (required).

The remaining three credits may be allocated as follows:

  • An elective from a carefully selected list of Focused Area of Study electives offered at the School;
  • An elective from a carefully selected list offered in other graduate units of the University;
  • An independent study or special topics course of no more than three credits, approved by the Focused Area of Study Chairperson

Elective Course Offerings:

  • International Social Work: Global Social Issues and the Profession (required) (3 credits- offered only in the Fall)
  • Ethnic Minorities and the Social Work Profession: The Puerto Rican/ Latino/a Experience (3 credits)
  • Services to Immigrants and Refugees and Cross-Cultural Helping (3 credits)
  • Travel Study for Social Work in Puerto Rico (3 credits) (will be offered in 2017)
  • International Development Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • Comparative Social Welfare Policy between the United States and the Second World (3 credits)
  • Urban Policy Issues (3 credits)
  • Human Rights and Social Work (3 credits)
  • Independent Study on a topic approved by Focus Area Chair (1 to 3 credits)

Relevant graduate electives from other departments or professional schools of the University may be used toward the focused area of study with permission from the Chair. Students are not limited to taking only six credits of the above offered courses.

International Focused Area Internships

  • Act Up
  • Asian Family Services – Community Renewal Team
  • Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Center for International Social Work Studies
  • Connecticut Chapter NASW – International Committee
  • Connecticut Immigrant & Refugee Coalition
  • Hartford Public Schools – New Arrival Program
  • Hispanic Health Council
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Immigration Law Offices
  • International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN)
  • Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)
  • Love 146
  • The American Place at the Hartford Public Library
  • The Human Rights Institute
  • The United Nations- Placed at the International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • UConn School of Law

These are examples of internship options for the international focused area of study. They are subject to change. The possibilities are not limited to this list and some from this list may not be currently active.