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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Junior Field: SOWK 315

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/socialwork/undergraduate/admission/juniorfield.html

What is SOWK 315? 

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 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.

URGENT: BEGINNING SPRING 2018, the BSSW Field Program will be using an online software system, Sonia. Please attend the Junior Field Experience Informational Meetings to learn about how to log-in to the database and begin your Junior Level Field Experience journey!

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 180W Social Welfare Services AND SOWK 212 Introduction to Social Work before taking this course. 
  • Students often take SOWK 310 and SOWK 315 in the same semester.

How do I apply to SOWK 315?

The SOWK 315 Junior Field Experience application process will be discussed during Junior Field Experience Informational Meetings each Fall and Spring semesters. Students should plan to attend these meetings the semester before they plan to register for SOWK 315. Dates and times of meetings will be posted on the whiteboard outside of the Department of Social Work Office (358 Trafton Science Center North) and on the Department's listserv.

Completing SOWK 315 during Summer 2018:

If you are interested in completing SOWK 315 in Summer of 2018, please contact Dr. Laura Strunk at laura.strunk@mnsu.edu by March 2, 2018.

Completing SOWK 315 during Fall 2018 or Spring 2019:

If you are interested in completing SOWK 315 during Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, please contact Dr. Annelies Hagemeister at annelies.hagemeister@mnsu.edu OR Dr. Debra Gohagan at debra.gohagan@mnsu.edu by March 30, 2018.

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

Deadlines for application materials will change during the 2017-18 academic year as the application materials are currently being created through our Sonia Field Education database. Please attend the Junior Field Experience Informational Meeting in February 2018 to learn more or contact faculty members listed above ASAP!

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 them permission. Permission is granted when the student has secured an agency and submitted an agency agreement for their field experience, among other guidelines.

URGENT: BEGINNING SPRING 2018, the BSSW Field Program will be using an online software system, Sonia. Again, please attend the Junior Field Experience Informational Meetings to learn about how to log-in to the database and begin your Junior Level Field Experience journey!