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International Programs

Global Option in Social Work (GO Social Work)

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EXPLORE GLOBAL OPTION IN SOCIAL WORK (GO SOCIAL WORK)

Social workers in the United States are frequently called upon to deal with problems that have international dimensions and thus the study of international social work and social welfare is becoming an imperative. Many social problems will be resolved only by coordinated global efforts. Social workers at the local level face the realities of people who are displaced as refugees or migrate for economic benefit.  At the national level, social work promotes global economic and social justice. Internationally, social workers serve in organizations that provide relief, combat human rights violations, or promote indigenous land rights and fair trade. Social work students must develop an understanding and appreciation of both the diversity that exists internationally and the global nature of social problems in order to conduct culturally competent, effective practice in today’s world.

The Global Option is a curriculum enhancement program through which social work students will combine international components with their major in order to strengthen their global perspective and gain global skills in order to perform at a higher level of cultural awareness. GO Social Work students are also exposed to the global content that is infused throughout the traditional undergraduate curriculum. Students participating in GO Social Work will plan an individual program comprised of courses, research, international experiences, and reflection in order to constitute an achievement beyond the standard requirements for the social work degree.

The Global Option components are structured in a manner that will allow completion during the two years that constitute the professional social work program. The GO Social Work programming is thus completed in place of, or as part of, the 14-credit hours of social work electives required in the major. In addition, Global Option students will complete the 10-credit hour Field Placement required of all social work students either in an agency abroad or in a domestic organization that provides international services.

THERE ARE THREE OPTIONS STUDENTS CAN SELECT TO COMPLETE THE GO SOCIAL WORK REQUIREMENTS:

Option A:

  • Social Work 5004: International Social Work (3 credits, no prerequisite)
  • Education Abroad (minimum of 3 credits)
  • Social Work 4189: Field Placement Experience with International Focus (10 credits, 420 clock hours)
  • Human Rights Activities with International Focus (0 credits, 16 clock hours)

Option B:

  • Social Work 5004: International Social Work (3 credits, no prerequisite)
  • Social Work 4999 or 4999H Thesis with International Focus (10 credits)
  • Social Work 4189: Field Placement Experience with International Focus (10 credits, 420 clock hours)
  • Human Rights Activities with International Focus (0 credits, 16 clock hours)

Option C:

  • Social Work 5004: International Social Work (3 credits, no prerequisite)
  • Social Work 4193: Individual Study with International Focus (3 credits)
  • Global Culture/World Language Coursework (minimum of 8 credits)
  • Social Work 4189: Field Placement Experience with International Focus (10 credits, 420 clock hours)
  • Human Rights Activities with International Focus (0 credits, 16 clock hours)

 

Additional Program Requirements

Upon selection into the Global Option program, students complete a pre-test on Global Citizenship and Cultural Intelligence. At graduation, students will complete a post-test in order to assist the College in understanding the extent to which students develop academically and personally during their participation in the program.

During the semester of graduation, Global Option students must present a poster to the College of Social Work community demonstrating evidence of their achievements and their attainment of the global competencies.

Students must earn a C or higher for all graded components, and a Satisfactory for all S/U components.

Students must complete all degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Social Work and must remain in good academic standing in the College in order to continue in the GO Social Work and receive transcript designation.

Students may abandon the GO Social Work without penalty and complete the traditional social work degree path.

For more information and to declare GO Social Work, contact Andrea Severson (severson.10@osu.edu) or Stacy Song (song.1067@osu.edu)