BASW Field Education

At SFSU School of Social Work, all social work majors must complete an internship during the Fall and Spring semesters of their senior year (240 hours each semester in an outside agency). Students may register for and enter field experience in the social services (SW 503 and SW 505) and its accompanying seminar on field experience (SW 502 and SW 504) after completing 24 units of required junior-level social work courses with a "C-" grade or better in each. In addition, the student must have completed the required number of units to be classified as a senior at SFSU. Any questions about the Field Education program can be directed to Field Director Morty Diamond at

General Information

Program Objectives

  • To prepare social workers for beginning professional practice at the generalist level. This objective is designed to enable students to practice in a variety of agencies with entry-level competencies commensurate with the values of the profession. Specifically, beginning practice means the ability to interact, in a helping capacity, with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and diverse communities and with a specific mission to serve oppressed populations.
  • To prepare undergraduate students who wish to enter graduate level study in a CSWE accredited MSW program or other master's level or doctoral level study in the human services field.
  • To provide a supplementary course of study for students without a specific objective of beginning social work practice who desire exposure to the complexities of social welfare institutions in a modern society.
  • To prepare students for life-long learning.

Program Requirements

In order to receive a BASW degree, students are expected to complete a minimum of 120 units in the university. The first two years are spent taking general university requirements. Students enter the Social Work major in their junior year. All required courses within the Social Work curriculum address themselves to the stated program objectives. The lower division prerequisite courses for the major include Introductory Sociology, Introductory Psychology, Human Biology, Macroeconomics, and Second Year Written English Composition. 

Time Requirement for Field Education

Undergraduate students are expected to be in the field for two days/week (16 hours) or 480 hours per academic year.