BSW Students

BSW Field Overview

The field experience is where classroom theories become professional fact. It is where ethics are tried and tested through observation and application. Competence is gained by doing, practice activities are evaluated empirically, and a respect for and acceptance of diverse cultures and peoples is gained.

BSW students are placed in social service agencies in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area.  The Social Work Department BSW Field Coordinator, the service agency and the student all have a part in choosing the right setting for field education.  The field seminar instructor serves as a liaison between the department and the agency to monitor both student and agency performance.  Students must have two different field experiences (one junior year and one senior year) and complete a total of 480 hours of field work in order to graduate.  For more information on the BSW program, please visit our BSW website.

Juniors

BSW students begin the first field practicum assignment junior year.  At the end of sophomore year, incoming social work students attend a “Junior Field Fair” where they meet with agency representatives to find a practicum site that fits for both the student and the agency.  When classes begin in September, juniors will begin their 240 hours of field work at their agencies, while attending field seminar courses SWK 307 and 317.

Fall Semester:  SWK 307 Field Work 1:  Integrative Seminar

Students begin applying practice knowledge and skills in their first social work practicum. Social work professionals in regional human service agencies supervise students in a full-year field placement. Students also synthesize their course-based learning with their supervised training through participation in weekly integrative seminars. Students complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised practice in the fall term. (SWK 307 is concurrent with SWK 306 and is the first of two courses required in the junior year practicum.)

Spring Semester:  SWK 317 Field Work 2:  Integrative Seminar

This course is a continuation of SWK 307. Students apply practice knowledge and skills in their first social work practicum. Students synthesize their course-based learning with their supervised training through participation in weekly integrative seminars. Students complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised practice in the spring term. (SWK 317 is concurrent with SWK 316 and is the second of two courses required in the junior year practicum.)

Seniors

At the end of junior year, social work students are responsible for securing their own field placement from a list of plausible agencies compiled by Augsburg College.  Students are responsible for calling agencies, setting up interviews, and notifying the BSW field coordinator once an agency has been agreed upon.  Students begin working with their agency in September, when they start taking the senior level seminar courses (SWK 407 and 417), and complete 240 hours of field work over two semesters.

Fall Semester:  SWK 407  Field Work 3: Integrative Seminar

Social work professionals in regional human service agencies supervise students in a senior year field placement. Students synthesize their advanced course learning with their supervised training through participation in weekly integrative seminars. Students complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised practice in the fall term. (SWK 407 is concurrent with SWK 406, and it is the first of two courses required in the senior year practicum.)

Spring Semester:  SWK 417  Field Work 4: Integrative Seminar

This course is a continuation of SWK 407. Social work students synthesize their advanced course learning with their supervised training through participation in weekly integrative seminars. Students complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised practice in the spring term. (SWK 417 is concurrent with SWK 401, and it is the second of two courses required in the senior year practicum.)