Chair's Message

Dr. Elise RadinaWelcome to the Department of Family Science and Social Work.

The Department of Family Science and Social Work (FSW) is committed to the advancement of scientific knowledge, social justice, and the development of practice skills pertaining to individuals, families, groups, communities, and society.

FSW aims to apply those skills and knowledge for the fulfillment of human potential and social change through the prevention, treatment, and amelioration of social challenges affecting individuals, families, and communities. FSW dedicates itself to undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service. In this endeavor, FSW is committed to the promotion of knowledge, ethics, and competency by advocating for a society that respects the value, dignity, and achievements of all individuals, families, and communities. What binds the department together is our commitment to achieving a just, tolerant and socially inclusive society.

We have created a dynamic and participatory educational experience that will expose you to challenging discussions and cutting-edge theories. Our curriculum focuses on real-world challenges that individuals, families, and communities face in a rapidly changing society. Our courses cover topics such as family dynamics, dating, marriage, divorce, lifespan human development, sexuality, family poverty, and social justice. You will examine how social welfare services impact the lives of the poor and the middle class.

We offer two majors (Family Science and Social Work) that lead to professional certifications and licensure. We also offer two minors (Family Relationships and Child Studies) and three thematic sequences. Students who complete our academic programs seek careers in social work, human services, counseling, and therapy.

If you want a challenging and exciting career in a profession that makes a real difference in the lives of others, we'd love to talk to you. Give us a call or stop by.

Dr. Elise Radina, CFLE, Professor and Chair