Department Family Studies and Social Work

For information, contact the Department of Family Studies and Social Work, 101 McGuffey Hall or call 513-529-2323.

The identified areas of focus of this department are: (a) examining and fostering understanding about the concepts "person in the environment" or "development in context;" (b) fostering increased understanding and the development of strengths in individual development, diverse families, and communities; (c) examining families with adolescents and the particular challenges faced by diverse families during this phase of development; (d) creating knowledge and fostering understanding about how diverse families and communities face stressful circumstances and become resilient in the face of transitions and crises; (e) promoting family life education, as well as evaluation, service, and policy research that enhances the well-being and relationship strength of individuals, families, and communities; and (f) promoting knowledge about and developing prevention, intervention, and social justice strategies for individuals, families, and communities.

Two degree programs in the fields related to families and social work are offered. Each major combines courses in the social sciences, natural sciences, and specialty areas to prepare students for professional careers in a variety of fields including family life education and social work. Opportunities for fieldwork and community service are integral to both degree programs.

The National Council on Family Relations verifies that Miami's undergraduate and graduate programs in Family Studies provide course work meeting all standards and criteria needed for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator designation.

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