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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Junior Field: SOWK 315

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What is SOWK 315, Junior Field Experience?

A beginning level social service field experience course for social work majors and social welfare minors. Students complete 120 hours of observation and service throughout a 15-week fall or spring semester or a 10-week summer session. Students attend weekly and/or biweekly seminars that integrate field experiences and social work values, knowledge, and practice.

When should I plan to complete SOWK 315?
  • In the last semester of general education and pre-requisite SOWK courses, typically after you complete about 60 credits of coursework and will have junior standing.
  • You should have completed SOWK 215 (was SOWK 180W) Social Welfare Services AND SOWK 212 Introduction to Social Work before taking this course. 
  • Students are encouraged to complete SOWK 310 and SOWK 315 in the same semester  or to complete SOWK 310 before completing SOWK 315. 
How do I apply for permisison to complete SOWK 315?

Attend a Junior Field Experience Informational Meeting: The SOWK 315 Junior Field Experience application process is reviewed at Junior Field Experience Informational Meetings each Fall and Spring semesters. Students should plan to attend these meetings the semester before they plan to complete SOWK 315.

 Dates and times of meetings are posted on the whiteboard outside of the Department of Social Work Office (358 Trafton Science Center North) and on the Department's listserv, at a minimum.

IMPORTANT: The BSSW Field Program uses an online software system, Sonia, to manage the SOWK 315 application documents and process. Students must attend one of the Junior Field Experience Informational Meetings to learn how to log-in to the database and begin your Junior Level Field Experience journey!

What are the deadlines for completing required SOWK 315 application documents?

Faculty who teach SOWK 315 schedule a series of Junior Field Experience Information Meetings from mid- September and to mid-October and in February of each semester. 

Timelines and due dates application materials and processes are announced at the  Junior Field Experience Information Meetings. 

Why can't I register for SOWK 315 when the registration window opens?

Students cannot register for the SOWK 315 course until the faculty teaching the course gives permission. Permission is granted when the student has completed the required paperwork, secured an agency in which to complete their junior field expereince, and submitted an agency placement agreement for their field experience, among other guidelines.

Completing SOWK 315 during Fall 2018:

Applications and registration for SOWK 315 for Fall 2018 is closed.

Completing SOWK 315 during Spring 2019:

If you are interested in completing SOWK 315 during Spring 2019, please contact Dr. Annelies Hagemeister at  for information about SOWK 315, Junior Field Experience  Information Meetings and application due dates. 

Completing SOWK 315 during Summer 2019:

If you are interested in completing SOWK 315 in Summer 2019, please contact Dr. Laura Strunk at  for information about SOWK 315 Information Meetings and application due dates.