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BSW Field Experience

The BSW Field Experience occurs during the student’s final semester of the undergraduate program, and is a 450 contact hour Generalist Placement, utilizing a “block placement” model. Students are in field placement 4 days a week, for an average of 30 hours per week, across a 15-week period, or in the case of those students opting for part-time placement, 2 days per week, for 16 hours, across 28 weeks.

The BSW Field Experience is Generalist in nature, and provides the student with opportunities and experiences which demonstrate the multiple and varied roles that social workers perform, as well as day-to-day operations within social, human and health care agencies, programs and organizations. A major assignment within the BSW Field experience is a multi-part Competency Thesis, which serves to help the student articulate and demonstrate how s/he has successfully integrated and applied the social work skills, theories, values and beliefs in an “real world” social work practice setting. 

BSW students in placement also attend a concurrent 3 hour Capstone Seminar during the first 15 weeks of placement.

For more information regarding BSW Field Placement, please click on BSW Field Placement FAQs.

All students will receive additional, detailed information regarding field placement requirements during Pre-Placement Orientations scheduled during the academic year.

For additional information regarding the BSW Field Experience, please contact Rachel Blais,  Field Education Coordinator, at 304-293-7339, or

Important:  Impact of Criminal Background, Failure to pass drug screen or substantiated CPS or APS Complaint on Field Placement and/or Degree Program Completion.