Social Work and Family Studies

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
  • support the college emphases on cross-cultural and experiential learning

See our students National Social Work Month’s creative contribution.

2015 Social Work Day at the Capitol

Twenty-six students in SW258: Social Policy, with faculty members Jen Manner and Mary Carlsen, took part in the education and advocacy Day at the Capitol, sponsored by NASW- MN. With nearly 800 social work students, faculty and practitioners, we learned about current legislative efforts in health and human services, and met with our local representative. Rep. David Bly, Sen, Kevin Dahle, and Sen John Marty ’78 spent time addressing students and answering their policy questions.

Oles participate in NASW-MN Day at the Capitol

Oles participate in NASW-MN Day at the Capitol