What to Expect
Learning the practice of social work first-hand is a key component of your bachelor’s degree education. Students gain hands-on training in real practice settings across the greater Columbia area during their junior and senior years. Field education allows students to work alongside professional social workers and provide services to clients.
We partner with various types of human service organizations to offer a variety of generalist field placement settings.
Our BSW program follows the mandates of the Council on Social Work Education. Your
field education will be monitored by our trained field education liaisons who will
visit you and your field instructor once each semester to ensure your learning needs
are being met.
The field practicum is comprised of three courses. During the fall term of your junior year, you will complete a field readiness application and interview with the Field Education Office. During your senior year, you will work two full days each week at a practice site. You must complete the following field practicum hours:
- Spring Term Junior Year: 50 hours
- Fall Term Senior Year: 225 hours
- Spring Term Senior Year: 225 hours
Students are placed in field sites each year, allowing them to match academics with a meaningful practicum. Examples of field practicum placements you may have include: