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First Summer Registration

All first-summer courses are required and scheduled by the Office of Academic Support Services (OAS). First-summer (entering) students take five required courses, scheduled in eleven of the official class meeting blocks, per term (see below). Students will be expected to arrange personal commitments around this schedule.

By late April, entering students schedules will be viewable on BannerWeb. The school reserves the right to make changes to scheduled course offerings and meeting times.

Class Block Chart

Unshaded areas on the chart below represent official class meeting blocks for SSW summer academic terms. Monday evenings are reserved for the Summer Lecture Series.

Note that the Banner database system, which produces class meeting schedules and other information, uses "R" to designate "Thursday." Thus, for example, if you have a class that meets on Tues. and Thurs., the designation will be "T R."

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
8:30-10:20 a.m.          
10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.          
1:40-3:30 p.m.          
3:40-5:30 p.m.          
7-8:50 p.m.          

 

First-Summer Requirements

Summer Term 1 Courses

  • 101 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (Practice; 3 credits)
  • 130 Theories of Individual Development (HBSE; 2 credits)
  • 133 Sociocultural Concepts (HBSE; 2 credits)
  • 160 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (Policy; 2 credits)
  • 190 Group Theory and Practice (Practice/HBSE; 2 credits)

Summer Term 2 Courses

  • 102 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (continued from 101; Practice; 3 credits)
  • 131 Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning (HBSE; 2 credits)
  • 161 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (Policy; 2 credits)
  • 191 Agency and Community Practice (HBSE/Policy/Practice; 2 credits)
  • 330 Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence (HBSE) 2 credits 

Degree Requirements 

Total credits required to graduate - 130
Coursework credits - 60 total (3 summers - see below)
Fieldwork credits - 60 total (2 full Winter terms - see below)
Integrative Seminars credits - 4 total (2 full Winter terms - see below)
CPP credits - 6

Year 1 - 
 
Summer term 1 and 2 - (required courses; see above)
11 credits for each term for a total of 22 credits
Winter term - Field Internship 1 - 30 credits; Integrative
Seminar - 2 credits; CPP - 6 credits
 
Year 2 -
 
Summer term 1 - 4 required courses; 1 elective course for
total of 10 credits
Summer term 2 - 3 required courses; 2 electives for a total
of 10 credits
Winter term - Field Internship 2 - 30 credits; Integrative
Seminar - 2 credits
 
Year 3 -
 
Summer term 1 - 1 required course; 4 elective courses for
a total of 10 credits
Summer term 2 - 4 elective courses for a total of 8 credits
 
In total, students will take a minimum of 11 electives; 3 in Policy, 2 in Practice, 2 in HBSE and 1 in Research. 
 

Special Scheduling Request for Required Courses

We understand that childcare, commuting, and part-time work can add stress to your very full academic schedule. If you have special circumstances that you would like us to consider while scheduling your required courses, please submit your request to the Office of Academic Support Services, sswoas@smith.edu, or fax to 413-585-7994. The deadline is within two weeks of your acceptance to the School for Social Work. Using the M.S.W. Special Scheduling Request form will help expedite your request.

Transferring and Waiving Courses

If you have completed course work elsewhere that closely aligns with the description of any of the above required courses and that has not already been transferred to your record, you may petition for transfer credit (see Master's Program Handbook, section 503).

Petition for transfer credit 

You may also petition to waive a course and replace it with an elective. Students should not attempt to transfer and waive the same course. If you are approved for transfer credit or waiver and are already registered, OAS staff will work with you to adjust your schedule.

Petition to Waive a Required Course 

Petition to Waive Course 330, child Development

Please note the deadlines on the forms. Your request has a better chance of being considered if you meet the deadline.