Social Work, as an applied discipline and profession, emphasizes field education as a vital component of the educational process. Field placements, arranged by the School of Social Work, provide practical learning under the supervision of a licensed social worker. Students have the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real-work situations.
The School of Social Work partners with more than 60 agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin to offer generalist-level experience, including
- Case Management
- Homeless Shelter Advocate
- Supervised Visitation
- Community Education & Organizing
- School Social Work
- Hospital Social Work
- Child Protection
- Short-term/Long-Term Care Social Work
- Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate
- Research and grant writing
- Group Facilitation
BSW students complete two field placements while in the program. Students at the junior level complete 200 hours for their field placement experience and seniors complete 400 hours in the field. These hours are typically completed over the course of an academic year. We have developed strong agency partners and guide students through the process of interviewing and placement with one of these agencies. Students receive ongoing supervision during the placement and participate in small-group integrative field seminars which foster student learning, professional development, and the integration of theory and practice.
Undergraduate research with faculty members is another way for students to learn more about a topic or gain hands-on knowledge.
For example, social work major Nora Smyth collaborated with Professor Sarah Ferguson on a Summer Scholars project related to "Organization Identity of Battered Women's Shelters." Students Eleanor O'Neil and Caitlyn Wright worked with Assistant Professor Richa Dhanju on "Microentreprise: Examining the Global withing the Local."