Whether you intend to work internationally or in the United States, the Global Social Work Certificate will help you understand global connections and perspectives. Through a series of courses, specialized monthly in-service experiences, and internship projects, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to work cross-culturally, either at home or abroad.

You’ll complete this certificate concurrently with your Denver Campus MSW program. The certificate is open to Denver Campus MSW students in any concentration. The featured courses below are a few of the course options available in the Global Social Work curriculum. To enhance course content and internship experiences, you’ll participate in Let’s Go Global, a series of monthly trainings and activities related to international social work.

pattern

Want to learn more about the Global Social Work Certificate?

REQUEST INFORMATION

“Broadening our worldview leads to a greater understanding of social justice issues around the globe. We are challenged to examine our personal and collective responsibility for human rights advocacy everywhere while at the same time being inspired by human resilience.”

Professor of the Practice Ann Petrila, Coordinator of Global Initiatives
Ann Petrila
group walking towards cemetery

Learning Outcomes

Global social work courses are anchored in social work values and ethics and apply a power, privilege and oppression framework to human rights advocacy and intervention. Through the Global Social Work Certificate, you will

  • Further your understanding of relationship-based work done in conjunction with local communities—working side by side rather than top-down
  • Explore appropriate roles for working internationally
  • Weigh ethical considerations when working in a community other than one’s own
  • Examine injustices and inequalities in the context of domestic and international policies and agreements
  • Reflect on the need to avoid the “white savior complex”
  • Learn to approach international social work from a place of humility and decenter your own lens
group at United Nations

Your Career Options

By completing the Global Social Work Certificate, you’ll graduate with an additional professional credential and a competitive advantage in your job search. Your international social work career could include:

  • Working on issues connected to refugees both domestically and internationally with organizations such as the Red Cross, refugee resettlement programs and schools
  • Human rights advocacy at the international, national and local level 
  • Working with nongovernmental organizations and local, regional and national governments on sustainable development projects connected to human security such as  food justice and economic safety
  • Working on projects connected to economic development locally, nationally and internationally
  • Working on universal issues such as HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and lasting COVID-19 impact

Key Faculty

 
Ann Petrila

Ann T. Petrila

Professor of the Practice, Coordinator of Global Initiatives, Director of Global Practice Bosnia

Learn More

 

Related Stories

Two girls walking with masks on
Social Work and Mutual Aid

A GSSW research team is studying the ways that mutual aid has been meeting Colorado community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More

MSW student Ozy Aloziem
Practicing Advocacy at the U.N.

As a UN Practicum in Advocacy fellow, MSW student Ozy Aloziem got a crash course in international policymaking and advocacy as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Read More

Marissa Messinger
Exploring Impacts of Voluntourism

With an MSW concentration in sustainable development and global practice, recent graduate Marissa Messinger is driven to find ethical ways to practice international social work.

Read More

Application Information

Upcoming Final Application Deadline: December 2021 Two-Year & Advanced-Standing Denver Campus Program