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.


Olson Fund Discovering Families Annual Lecture – Adoption in the U.S.

The St. Olaf College Department of Social Work and Family Studies and the Race and Ethnic Studies Program hosted the Olson Fund Discovering Families Lecture: Adoption in the U.S. on March 7, 2019. The lecture featured three panelists who brought distinct perspectives to the topic of adoption in the United States. CEU’s were offered for social workers in attendance. The event was streamed and is still available for viewing here.