Field Experience

What is Field Experience?

Field experience is a graduation requirement for all human service majors and lies at the heart of our curriculum. It provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in the classroom, build your professional network, and gain experience to include on your resume.


Students complete a minimum of 21 credit hours of field experience coursework. This includes:

  • Pre-field Seminar (must be completed before Practicum or Internship), HSP 2070
  • 300-hour Practicum (20 hours/week in Fall/Spring, 30 hours/week in Summer), HSP 2080
    * Students in Addiction Studies complete a second Practicum, HSP 3090
  • 450-hour Professional Internship (30 hours/week in Fall/Spring), HSP 4790
    * Students may complete Internship over two semesters, 225-hours per semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer).


Careful reading and understanding of the HSP Field Manual is the most important preparation you can do for the field experience.

The information provided here on the website does not include all the details you need to know for the field experience. Please download and read the field manual if you have further questions: Student Field Manual 2021 and Supervisor Field Manual 2021.

Contact our field coordinator, Angela Furney ([email protected]) for more information and to discuss your plans for your field experience! It is never too early to sit down with her for advice.

CORE COMPETENCIES (Departmental Learning Objectives)