social work

An unparalleled experience that promotes both personal and academic growth.

Program overview

Social work is a profession committed to working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and the community to maximize well-being and to help resolve, minimize, or prevent problems in living. Social Workers practice in a variety of settings such as, schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, substance abuse and rehabilitation agencies, juvenile and adult probation, and many other public and private agencies.  This unique semester abroad opportunity in Dingle, Ireland, will expose students intent on majoring in Social Work to issues surrounding social justice through a comparative, global lens with examination of the the Irish system of social programs.

3 Credits

Liberal Arts Exploration

  • Social & Global Awareness
  • Humanistic Inquiry 
  • Social/Behavioral Science foundational core 




Summer 2 Short Term


Bronwyn Cross-Denny Ph.D.
Maura McCarthy Rhodes LCSW, MS


Learn about human diversity and social justice through a comparative, global lens in Dingle, Ireland. Possible experiences integrated into the course will be visits with community members to highlight experiences of diversity and social justice, as well as the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality.

This course provides a framework for understanding how diversity characteristics shape the human experience and are critical to the formation of identity.  The dimensions of diversity can be understood as the intersection of multiple factors and, because of difference, a person’s life experiences may include oppression, poverty, marginalization, and alienation as well as privilege, power, and acclaim.

This course includes the integration of a social justice and human rights perspective in line with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Students will develop beginning skills in assessing and intervening in macro practice that addresses social inequities, oppression, and equitable access to resources.