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Social Work and Family Studies

Chair, 2014-15: Mary Carlsen (Social Work and Family Studies), social policy, ethics, practice, social welfare history

Faculty, 2014-15: Grace Cho (Psychology), developmental psychology (on leave); Dana Gross (Psychology), developmental psychology; Anna Kuxhausen (History), Russia, modern Europe, Russian studies; Diane LeBlanc (Interdisciplinary Studies), writing, women's studies; Jennifer Manner (Social Work and Family Studies), family studies, social work practice; M. Minda Oriña (Psychology) family studies; Ryan Sheppard (Sociology/Anthropology), family, gender, race/ethnicity, social movements, quantitative research; Susie Smalling (Social Work and Family Studies), social work practice, field education, family studies; Steven Soderlind (Economics), urban and regional economics

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.