BSSW Academic Advising
Students are assigned both an academic advisor and a social work faculty mentor. Incoming freshman students who have declared their intent to major in social work are notified via email and memo as to who their academic advisor and social work faculty mentor will be. Students are encouraged to meet early with their academic advisor and faculty mentor to introduce themselves, to review their schedules, and, in general, to begin to get to know each other.
Academic advisors assist students with program planning (e.g., schedules, choice of elective course), with planning for the 5-year BSSW/MSW degree program, and with registration each semester. Social work faculty mentors, who are full-time social work faculty members that teach in the BSSW Program, assist students with career planning, discuss options for graduate schools, and address other needs students may have. Students may request a change of social work faculty mentor at any time by contacting the BSSW Program Director.
The School embraces an adult-learner model of advising and mentoring, with conferences usually scheduled as requested by the student. There are, however, times at which meeting with one's advisor and mentor is required, such as at the time of registration for courses. The School and University notify students of the dates during which registration is to occur, and students should contact their mentor and advisor to schedule mutually convenient times to confer. Students should come prepared for registration conferences with clear ideas about the courses they need or wish to take. Any later changes in registration such as adding, dropping, or changing courses must also begin by conferring with the student's academic advisor.
MSW Academic Advising
Following acceptance to the MSW Program, every new student meets with the Director of the MSW program for an initial advising and registration appointment. Shortly after the beginning of the student's first semester of enrollment he/she will be assigned an academic advisor in the School of Social Service. Advisors assist students with program planning (schedules, selection of concentration, elective courses, etc.) and with registration each semester.
The School embraces an adult learner model of advising, with advisory conferences usually scheduled as requested by the student. However, the student must meet with her/his advisor at the time of each registration. The School notifies students and faculty advisors of the dates during which registration is to occur, and students contact their advisors to arrange mutually convenient times to confer. Advisors help students select appropriate courses, sign registration forms, and provide other assistance as needed. Any later changes in registration (e.g., adding, dropping, or changing courses) also begin by conferring with one's advisor. Prior to graduation, advisors also complete a form verifying that the student has completed all requirements.
Advisors play a particularly important role in helping students to select appropriate elective courses for their concentration. Students may, with the approval of their advisor, take any appropriate course within the School of Social Service, in other departments of the university, or at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work as a concentration elective. A total of 6 hours of electives may be taken outside of the School of Social service. The selection of such electives should be based upon a "plan of study" which has been discussed and mutually agreed upon between student and advisor. In this way students are able to tailor their concentration to meet their particular educational objectives. (See Handbook section titled "Other Professional and Graduate Courses" for policies and procedures for taking courses in other departments or at Washington University.)
At any time during their period of study, students may request a change of advisor. Requests are submitted in writing to the Director of the MSW Program.