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Social Work and Family Studies

Chair, 2012-13: Mary Carlsen, social policy, ethics, culturally competent practice

Faculty, 2012-13: Devyani Chandran, family studies, human sexuality, HBSE, research and evaluation; Grace Cho (Psychology), developmental psychology; Dana Gross (Psychology), developmental psychology; Judy Kutulas (History), 20th-century American history, American women’s history, media history; Diane LeBlanc (Interdisciplinary Studies), writing, women's studies; Laura McKibben, family practice, diversity; Donna McMillan (Pychology), clinical and personality psychology; Ryan Sheppard (Sociology/Anthropology), family, gender, race/ethnicity, social movements, quantitative research; Steven Soderlind (Economics), urban and regional economics; Susan Smalling, family relationships, cross-cultural practice, field education

The Department of Social Work and Family Studies offers a major in social work and a concentration in family studies. Family studies and social work are fields of study that build upon students’ liberal arts education to prepare them to identify the changing needs of families, develop the means to satisfy those needs, and explore policies and programs that address social problems and enhance human strengths.

The mission of Social Work and Family Studies is to:

  • identify as a collaborative department concerned with the well-being of diverse individuals, families, and communities;
  • create an intellectual community for faculty working in family studies, social work, and related areas; and
  • support the college emphases on cross-cultural and experiential learning.

For the requirements for each of the departmental offerings, see the listings under FAMILY STUDIES and SOCIAL WORK.