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Focused Areas of Study

In addition to your area of concentration, you may focus on a current social work issue through our Focused Areas of Study option. With elective credits you can focus your study on a particular population or social problem that complements your concentration. Students with a record of coherent academic accomplishment completing all requirements in an area of study will receive a letter of recognition.

For students graduating no later than August 2018 (excluding 2017 Advanced Standing students and those eligible for Summer Block 2018):

Requirements for Existing Focused Area of Study (click to view manual)

  • Successful completion of nine elective credits. Of these nine credits, students must take one 3-credit required course that contains the core knowledge deemed to be essential by the Focused Area of Study faculty.
  • A year-long field placement in a field or practice relevant for the Focused Area of Study (required).

The remaining six credits may be allocated as follows:

  • An elective from a carefully selected list of Focused Area of Study electives offered at the School;
  • An elective from a carefully selected list offered in other graduate units of the University;
  • An independent study or special topics course of no more than three credits, approved by the Focused Area of Study Chairperson

For 2017 Advanced Standing students, those eligible for Summer Block 2018, and students who are graduating after August 2018:

Requirements for New Focused Area of Study (click to view manual)

All FAS in the curriculum consist of the following components:

  • Successful completion of six elective credits. Of these six credits, students must take one 3-credit required course that contains the core knowledge deemed to be essential by the Focused Area Study faculty. Requirements for the Violence Prevention in Families and Communities Focused Area of Study differ slightly, as there is no dedicated required course.
  • A year-long field placement in a field or practice relevant for the Focused Area of Study (required).

The second course necessary to complete a Focused Area of Study may be taken as follows:

  • An elective from a carefully selected list of Focused Area of Study electives offered at the School;
  • An elective from other graduate units of the University (only with prior approval from the FAS Chair);
  • An independent study or special topics course of no more than three credits (only with prior approval from the FAS Chair).

Please note: some required FAS courses are not necessarily offered each semester, so plans must be made with your advisor and the FAS Chair with this in mind.