Senior Experiential Component

This requirement is an academic, generally credit-bearing experience completed during the senior year (can include the previous summer). It is designed to ensure that concentrators participate in an experience that applies basic family knowledge (theories, frameworks, concepts) to real families in a setting beyond the classroom.  Students present the experience and concomitant learning as a graded assignment for a public audience in the Senior Seminar in Family Studies (FS 391).  Students will keep a log and journal of their experience and turn it in during their senior seminar. Through the experience, students demonstrate attainment of intended learning outcomes for family studies. Watch for email each semester from the Director with a Google Form to fill in your plans for completion.

Guidelines for the senior experiential component:

  1. Includes a minimum of 40 hours devoted to direct experience with families (more than one);
  2. Can be domestic or international;
  3. If for credit, can be taken either graded or Pass/No Pass (P/N);
  4. Can be submitted for distinction in a major, if it meets that department’s guidelines for distinction;
  5. Must be approved by the Family Studies Program Director prior to beginning the experience;
  6. Must be beyond the classroom; and
  7. Taught or supervised by a St. Olaf faculty member who teaches in the concentration.

The experience may be:

  1. A project in a senior year course, social work practicum, or nursing clinical; or
  2. An independent research project with family interaction (FS394); or
  3. An internship with a family serving agency (quarter, half- or full-credit, FS294); or
  4. A summer experience prior to senior year that involves direct experience with more than one family.