Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Field Instruction

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in two internships during their course work. SOWO 3910 3 credits, is the first course whereby students are placed in an agency for 6 hours per week for a total of 90 hours and must attend a one hour per week integrative seminar. In order to take the course, students must have completed the Introduction to Social Work course (SOWO 2000) or be a women's studies minor and have made prior arrangements with the Director of Field Instruction, Angie Burque. Students are expected to learn about agency operations, role of the social worker, clients served, eligibility requirements and social work values and ethics. Students are evaluated twice during the semester by the agency field instructor and receive a grade at the end of the semester. Students must contact Angie Burque prior to enrollment. Contact Angie Burque by phone at 334-844-2834 or E-Mail at

The second full time field placement (SOWO 4920) 9 credits, is taken following completion of the practice methods sequence (SOWO 4060, 4070 & 4080). These courses cannot be taken until the student has completed the admissions process. This course is taken concurrently with an integrative seminar (SOWO 4950) 3 credits. Students are in the agency for a minimum of 32 hours a week for a total of 450 hours and attend the three hour seminar on Fridays. Students are expected to apply generalist social work practice skills with micro, mezzo and macro level clients while applying theoretical concepts in a journal and in seminar. A research project is required during the placement as a part of the student's grade. Placements will be finalized during their SOWO 4080 class although arrangements may be initiated prior to this time with the Director of Field Instruction, Angie Burque.

Social Work students are placed in a variety of settings locally and regionally including adoption agencies, therapeutic foster care, homeless shelters, justice system, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, youth facilities, child welfare agencies and various non-profit social service organizations such as East Alabama AIDS Outreach, United Way and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County. A complete listing of agencies used in the past and ideas for alternative internship sites can be viewed at Angie Burque's office-7016 Haley Center.

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Last Updated: August 16, 2016