Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Foundation Courses

SOWK 340: Field II & Simulated Experience

Credit Hours



Senior status and social work majors only.

Prerequisites: A grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in SOWK 200, 305, 201 or 307, 330, 350, and 370

Co-requisite: SOWK 330


The goal of the internship education program is to provide an integrative experience that brings classroom theory to the field of practice. The internship education program will challenge the student to integrate professional values and personal perspectives to enhance their understanding of the true meaning of social work. All students are in direct practice in their first year or generalist level of the curriculum. In accordance with the CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) accreditation standards, students take courses that focus on understanding professional purpose, values, and ethical implications of social work practice; developing knowledge of the multiple frames of reference that reflect the organization and diversity of the profession; developing foundation-level skill in the practice of social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; and fostering an appreciation of the role of research for evaluating practice, programs, and service delivery. 

The first semester (SOWK 330) introduces the student to the internship experience, and the student learns about the agency, its mission and vision, and the populations that the agency works with. Students learn about working with individuals, families, and groups as well as assessment, engagement, contracting, intervention, and termination. The second semester (SOWk 340) refines the skills of tuning in, engagement, contracting, assessment, intervention in the ongoing phase, and termination. The generalist internship matches this beginning phase of identification with the profession and the exploration of broad practice activity with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and provides students with in-depth, hands-on experience in multi-modality practice. 

SOWK 340 Syllabus