Description: This is a foundation course for Sociology-Human Services majors which allow students to integrate coursework with real world experience.
A. Students should have senior status (90 credit hours or above) or be a second semester junior (75 credit hours or above) to be eligible for enrollment.
B. Students should apply with their desired agency where they want to do their field study four or more months ahead of their projected enrollment due to time-consuming background checks, application processing, etc..
C. Students may fulfill all three hours at one site or divide the credit hours between two placements. The three (3) hours are the equivalent to 120 hours of site work which translates as 40 hours per each hour of practicum. This does not include time spent for securing the placement or transportation. --Only enroll in the number of hours you can realistically expect to complete during that semester.
D. As part of the Sociology Field Study Program, students will keep a log in-out sheet that briefly describes their activity for the day.
Upon the completion of their field study, the student will (1) submit their completed log sheet, (2) submit a confidential evaluation from their supervisor, and (3) write a 5 - 7page paper. These three items must be submitted together to the Instructor on Monday two weeks before the final to receive a pass/fail grade.
Important information for students seeking an agency site to fulfill their field study requirement
The following process should be used:
Many possible field study sites are listed on our departmental HomePage, beneath Sociology or the agency sites can be obtained through the Mr. Foster.
2. When seeking agency placement, always telephone beforehand to confirm the name and address of the person responsible for student Field Study positions since personnel may make changes and our list is not current.
Hello, my name is________. I am a senior at UCO completing my degree in Sociology-Human Services. Based on my knowledge of _____ (agency, organization), I am seeking to enhance my learning experience by securing a field study with your agency. I am interested in doing a (1-3)____hour placement which involves _____ (40-120) of agency site work.
May I ask what a typical field study involves with your agency? . . . .
If the agency is interested or the contact person is available, ask them how they prefer your resume to be sent.
3. Send or email a cover letter and resume. Example given.
Approximately 4 lines from top of page)
2222 North West 22 Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73000
Ms. Helen Smith, Director
Help Everyone Foundation
876 South Valhalla Court
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73999
Date letter is mailed
Dear Ms. Smith:
I am very interested in a field study opportunity with Help Everyone Foundation as attested by our telephone conversation this morning. It has always been an interest of mine to work with ________(adolescents of domestic abuse) and to pursue a career in that field. I believe that your foundation's contribution and commitment in prevention and education would give me the experience I need toward my career goals as an administrator in social work.
As you can see by my resume, I volunteered time to survey differing socio-economic clients who had experience and interaction with DHS. I have taken courses in human services, sociology, and counseling which has prepared me to interact effectively between agency and client. With my perseverance and commitment toward my career goal, I am a good candidate for a field study student position with your agency. I would sincerely welcome the experience.
Please expect me to meet with me on May 31, 2012, for our scheduled interview at 1:30 p.m. I look forward to meeting you in person.
4 - 5 lines- sign in black ink
Ms. Student Name
Enclosure [Only use "Enclosure" if you have not mentioned your resume like the sampled letter above.]
Any student that has not taken Careers in sociology and prepared a resume or has had changes since preparation of the resume should contact Career Services.
3. After students have secured a site, submitted the field site agency approval form, and received approval from Ms. Kathryn Williams, Sociology Field Study Advisor, the student will receive a permission form to enroll in SOC 4940- Field Study in Sociology.
Mid-semester appointment______________________Date of completion______________
Name of Field Study Site_________________________________________________________
Supervisor Name (please print) ______________________________________________telephone__________________
Bring completed form to Field Study Coordinator after securing placement.
Fall_________ Spring________Summer_________ (check one) Year__________
Name of Student____________________________________telephone_________
Street City State Zip Code
Student's University Identification Number________________________________
Declared Major_____________________ Hours completed___________________
Field Study Site
Street City State Zip Code
Requirements for selection process for field study:
Background check_______ lie detector________ drug testing________ other______________________________________________________________
Signature of Student__________________________________date_____________
Site Approval: This confirms that the above-named student has been accepted by our agency for a field study.
Site Supervisor Signature date
Please initial acceptance:
Completion date of field study: Last Monday in November (fall), April (spring) and July (summer)