Foundation Semester

UH GCSW is unique in that it offers a one semester foundation. This intensive first semester is organized around content on the foundation of professional social work, human behavior, policy, practice and research. A practice skills lab and a foundation field practicum (180 clock hours) are also required. The foundation semester is 15 credit hours and each component is graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. The integrated foundation focuses on social, economic and political justice and emphasizes critical thinking skills. Module teaching allows for involvement with many GCSW faculty as well as incorporates student cohort learning. The class schedule for this unique foundation follows.

Full-time Students

Fall Class Schedule for Two Year Enrollment Model
Part Duration Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Part 1
2 days - - - Class 9 – 5:00 Class 9 – 5:00
Part 2
6 Weeks - - Class 9 – 5:00 Class 9 – 5:00 -
Part 3
8 Weeks
  • Begin Field Practicum which requires 16 hours per week
  • Continue Practice Lab Course (3 hours per week on Wednesday or Thursday)
  • Continue Research Course (2 hours per week on Wednesday or Thursday)

Notes: Practice Lab and Research begin in Part 2 and continue throughout Part 3. In Part 3, students meet for these two classes 1 day per week on Wednesday OR Thursday. Field in Part 3 must be completed during day time hours.

Three Year Enrollment Model

Fall Class Schedule for Three Year Enrollment Model
Part Duration Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Part 1 2 days
- - - Class 9 – 5:00 Class 9 – 5:00 -
Part 2 6 Weeks
- - Class
6 pm - 9 pm
Class
6 pm - 9 pm
- Class
9 am – 5:00 pm
*Part 3 8 Weeks
  • Begin Field Practicum which requires 16 hours per week
  • Continue Practice Lab Course (3 hours per week on Saturday)
  • Continue Research Course (3 hours per week on Saturday)

Notes: Practice Lab and Research begin in Part 2 and continue throughout Part 3. In Part 3, students meet for these two classes on Saturdays.