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Academic Advising

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The College of Health Professions and Social Work has an extensive system of academic advising provided by professional and faculty advisors. In the School of Social Work (SSW), when students reach junior or senior standing, they are assigned to faculty advisors who assist with mentoring as students progress in their professional training. Early and regular contact with the advisor can be extremely helpful. The advisor is a knowledgeable person with whom students may discuss issues of concern in relation to university regulations as well as course selection.  

Academic advisors are particularly important for social work majors. The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) curriculum is organized so that courses scheduled to be taken later in the program build on the knowledge and skill foundation provided in the liberal arts and social work courses taken earlier. For this reason, most social work courses designate successful completion (with a C- or better) of earlier courses as prerequisite to taking later courses. Additionally, SSW requires that three of the social work courses required in each semester of the senior year -- research, the seminar in social work practice, and the field practicum -- be taken concurrently. This program of study for B.S.W. students has been carefully designed and approved by faculty. It is intended to provide students with a coherent, integrated, and high quality learning experience.

Although students must assume primary responsibility for knowing the requirements for their degree and for acquiring information about their academic status, student advisors can help students if they have any questions. Academic advisors strive to avoid errors when advising students about their program requirements; however, schools and colleges cannot assume liability for errors in advising.


Transfer Students from Schools Outside of Temple

The Offices of the Provost and the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies are responsible for the University's relations with community colleges and for oversight of curricular policies related to student transfer into Temple. The Senior Vice Provost's Office assists in the evaluation and re-evaluaton of transfer courses for GenEd Curriculum credit at Temple, and interprets University transfer policies for students, faculty members, and academic advisors. (See Undergraduate Admissions regarding transfer admissions.) 

Once accepted into the University, students should contact and set up an appointment with SSW's academic advisor.

Students are expected to be majors in the program a minimum of two years and a summer.

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