Social Work and Family Studies
Chair, 2013-14: Mary Carlsen (Social Work and Family Studies), social policy, ethics, practice, social welfare history
Faculty, 2012-13: Jennifer Manner, family relationships; Laura McKibbin (Social Work and Family Studies), social work practice; Susie Smalling (Social Work and Family Studies), 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.