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MEMORANDUM

Re:      Standard Advisement Memo re: Registration and Plans of Study

To:      Current and prospective Social Work Students

Below please find the current plans of study for Social Work Students. There are currently three main plans: one for Intents to Major, one for Majors accepted for a Fall start in our program, and one for Majors accepted for a Spring start. Please plan to speak with your advisor about the course of study that works best for you. Also, please note that the plans of study may be altered at times due to changes in enrollment. Intents to Major and accepted Majors are strongly advised to sign up for our Department listserv, as that is a primary way that we communicate with students. The link to do so is on the Department’s website. Also, please note that as an Intent to Major, in your Sophomore year you must fill out an application to the Social Work program to be accepted as a Social Work Major (this is in addition to your application to the College at Brockport). NOTE: Spring admissions to the program is being phased out as of this year; thus, there will be no Spring admissions in 2016.

Pre-requisite courses for Intents-to-major in Social Work

A GPA of 2.5 or better is required for acceptance as a Major in Social Work, so students should plan their course of study to facilitate achievement of as high a GPA as possible. Intents to Major in Social Work should make taking the pre-requisites for the program a top priority, as students may not start taking core required Social Work classes until accepted into our program. For students that have matriculated into the College at Brockport as of, or after, the Fall of 2014, these pre-requisites must be completed with a C or better prior to starting the major. These are:

Four Prerequisite Courses (12 Credits)

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSH 110 Principles of Psychology
  • ONE of the following biology courses:
    • BIO 281 Elements of Human Biology
    • BIO 221 Survey of Anatomy/Physiology
    • BIO 285: Biology of Aging
  • ONE of the following statistics courses:
    • SOC 200 Social Statistics
    • PSH 202 Introductory Stat
    • MTH 243 Elements of Statistics

*Note for transfer students. It can be difficult to get into pre-requisite classes as a transfer student, unless you plan to deposit and register early. Therefore it is a good idea to finish these courses at your community college before transferring.

Note: As of 2015, only student accepted to the major may take any of the Social Work courses. Another rule to keep in mind, especially for part-time students, is the timeline for pursuing a degree. The length of time allowed to complete the BSW degree is six years from the time that a student is accepted into the major (specifically, the clock starts with the semester that the student is taking course as an accepted major in the program). After six years of study, students are required to re-take courses that were taken prior to that deadline.

The plans below cover only the required social work classes. Electives may need to be added to reach the number of credits required for graduation (120 credits).

1. Plan of Study for Students Accepted for Fall

Standard Plan #1, with concurrent (2 semester) field placement in senior year

Fall - Junior

Spring - Junior

Fall - Senior

Spring - Senior

SWO 301.  (Human Behavior I)

SWO 302. (Human Behavior II)

SWO 411. (Human Services/Systems Analysis)

SWO 441 (Methods III)

SWO 341. (Methods I)

SWO 342. (Methods II)

SWO 451. (Field instruction I)

SWO 453. (Field instruction II)

SWO 321. (Human Diversity)

SWO 310. (Research Methods)

SWO 455. (Field Instruction seminar I)

SWO 457. (Field Instruction seminar II)

SWO 322. (Social & Economic Justice)

SWO 311 (Human Services/Social Policy)

Elective.

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

15 total credits

15 total credits

15 total credits

15 total credits

Notes: SWO 301 meets two general education requirements: Oral Communication, and Perspectives on Women.

Social Work Pre-requisites are as follows:

Completion of the Computer proficiency exam must be achieved BEFORE registering for SWO310; students should try to complete this exam early in the first semester of their junior year (click here for more information: http://www.brockport.edu/oat/cse.html

SWO 341 is a pre-requisite for SWO 342.  SWO 311 is a pre-requisite for SWO 411.

SWO 441 must be taken in the second semester of field. Students in Block field will take SWO 441 concurrently with field instruction, unless the student is completing an international placement (in which case it is taken the previous semester).

FIELD (completed during the senior year). All 300 level classes must be competed with a C or better prior to starting field. The standard concurrent field instruction includes 440 hours of internship over the course of two semesters. This equates to 2 days (16 hours per week, usually in two 8 hour days; total of 220 hours per semester) for both semesters, plus a biweekly seminar. This model suits a majority of students who are employed and have other responsibilities. BLOCK FIELD OPTION (completing field in one semester; i.e. 4 days a week). Students who have a GPA of 3.25 or better are eligible to apply for a possible Block field placement. Students in Block field have field four days a week (32 hours per week; total of 440 hours in semester), and have a weekly seminar. Most agencies require students to be available for field during normal daytime business hours. Block field placement is dependent on departmental and other resources; students wishing to pursue a block field placement must notify the Field Director as soon as possible regarding which semester they would like to take field.

2. Current Plan of Study for Students Accepted for a Spring Start in the Major

There are currently two plans of Study for Students accepted as Majors that start our course of study in the Spring semester. Plan #1 below is the regular plan of study for students who have just been accepted for starting in Spring, 2015. NOTE: Spring admissions to the program is being phased out as of this year; thus, there will be no Spring admissions in 2016.

Students who have a GPA of 3.25 or better may apply for a possible Block field placement (instead of the regular “concurrent” field plan), which means that they could complete field in one semester instead of two semesters (see next plan, Plan #2 for information on this option). Block field placement is dependent on departmental and other resources; students wishing to pursue a block field placement must notify the Field Director as soon as possible regarding which semester they would like to take field. Students planning to study abroad during the Spring in a block placement complete SWO 441 the previous Fall semester.

Plan #2-- for Spring Admits

Spring 15

Fall  15

Spring 16

Fall 16

Spring 17

SWO 302

(Human Behavior II)

SWO 301

(Human Behavior I)

SWO 310

(Research Methods)

SWO 411

(Human Services/Systems Analysis)

SWO 441 (Methods III)

SWO 321

(Human Diversity)

SWO 341

(Methods I)

SWO 311 (Human Services/Social Policy)

SWO 451

(Field instruction I)

SWO 453

(Field instruction II)

SWO 322

(Social & Economic Justice)

 

SWO 342 (Methods II)

SWO 455

(Field Instruction seminar I)

SWO 457

(Field Instruction seminar II)

9 total credits

6 total credits

9 total credits

9 total credits

9 total credits

Note: Field instruction under Plan #1 includes 440 hours of internship over the course of two semesters (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016). This equates to 2 days/week for both semesters plus a biweekly seminar. This model suits a majority of students who are employed and have other responsibilities. See notes under Standard Plan (#1) regarding pre-requisites and course sequencing requirements.

3. Spring Admission –Accelerated Block Placement Plan This plan is limited to students with a minimum of a 3.25 overall GPA and who may not have employment/ other responsibilities.

Plan #3-- for Spring Admits

Spring 15

Fall 15

Spring 16

Fall 16

SWO 302

(Human Behavior II)

SWO 301

(Human Behavior I)

SWO 310

(Research Methods)

SWO 411

(Human Services/Systems Analysis)

SWO 321

(Human Diversity)

SWO 341

(Methods I)

SWO 311 (Human Services/Social Policy)

SWO 441

(Methods III)

 

SWO 322

(Social & Economic Justice)

 [possible SWO 311, if available]

SWO 342 (Methods II)

SWO 454

(Block field instruction)

 [possible SWO 311, if available]

 

 [Possible SWO 411, if available]

SWO 456

(Block field instruction seminar)

9 total credits

6 total credits

9 total credits

18 total credits

Note: Block field placement is dependent on departmental and other resources; students wishing to pursue a block field placement must notify the Field Director as soon as possible regarding which semester they would like to take field.  Field instruction under Spring Admit Plan #2 includes 440 hours of internship in one semester (Fall 2015). This equates to having 3 classes in one day (or 2, if 311 and 411 were taken in prior semesters) followed by 4 days of internship (32 hours per week). Again, this plan of study is limited to students with a minimum of a 3.25 overall GPA and who may not have employment/ other responsibilities. Due to time commitment and high credit load (18 credits), very few students apply for a ‘block’ field placement. See notes from Standard Plan regarding pre-requisites. See notes under Standard Plan (#1) regarding pre-requisites and course sequencing requirements.

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