Diversity and Social Welfare (Minor)

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Why Diversity and Social Welfare?

Social welfare is a societal effort to help people achieve and maintain physical, emotional, and financial well-being. In our diverse society, knowing the many ways that people differ can provide new perspectives and solutions to challenges.

A minor in Diversity and Social Welfare will allow you to explore the relationship between diversity and the impact of society’s approach to helping people achieve well-being.

You will be prepared with the knowledge and know-how to effect real change in people’s lives.

Why Study Diversity and Social Welfare at Iona?

Iona has always been dedicated to service and justice, empowering our graduates to make a positive difference across the world.

You'll learn from faculty who are expert practitioners in the field. You’ll learn by examining your own lived experiences along with those of your classmates, as you explore the roles of power and privilege, access and equity, and the impact on people’s well-being.

The heightened awareness and knowledge you will gain with a minor in Diversity and Social Welfare will set you apart in your career.

What You'll Learn

You will be exposed to a wide variety of policies, programs, and services designed to improve quality of life for the underserved, people in need of health and human services.

Guided by the distinctive person-in-environment approach of social work the minor includes courses in religion, political science, sociology, as well as social work, to give you a firm foundation of the issues of diversity and social welfare.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of diversity factors such as age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, political ideology, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

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Careers & Outcomes

Our world and society are diverse, complex and ever-changing. Exploring the role that diversity plays in society can continue to advance equality and justice. With an expertise in diversity and social welfare, you will be prepared to implement change and make a difference in a variety of businesses and organizations.

Job Titles

  • Diversity & Inclusion Director
  • Minority Outreach Services Coordinator
  • Social Advocacy Coordinator
  • Policy Director
  • Minority & Women's Business Development Manager

Program Highlights

Eye-opening Courses

Carrying the distinctive person-in-environment perspective of the required social work courses, you will take additional classes that will profoundly impact the way you think about society, diversity and equality. Some eye-opening courses include:

  • Inequality and American Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • Race and Ethnic Relations.
  • Sex and Gender Roles in Modern Society

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You will be supported by our active alumni network of more than 50,000: accomplished professionals who welcome our students into their organizations for instruction, internships, and employment opportunities!

Research Opportunities

The Center for Social Research brings Iona University and the community together to work on local issues of concern. You will have opportunities to conduct hands-on research and evaluations for local community programs and services.

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