Miami University

Department of Family Studies & Social Work
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Family Studies and Social Work Department (FSW) is committed to the advancement of scientific knowledge pertaining to communities, families, children, adolescents, and the elderly. FSW seeks to apply that knowledge for the fulfillment of human potential through the prevention, treatment, and amelioration of social problems, and a focus on family strengths. Recognizing the complexities of contemporary, globalized society, the department dedicates itself to undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service. In this endeavor, the department is committed to the promotion of values, ethics, and competency by advocating for a society that respects the dignity and achievement of all communities, families, and individuals.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Gary W. Peterson (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Family Science
  • 50% Social Work
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

101 McGuffey Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle
  • Child Development in Diverse Families
  • Research & Evaluation in Social Work & Family Studies
  • Couple Relationships: Diversity & Change
  • Parent-Child Relationships in Diverse Families
  • Later Life Families
  • Family Theories
  • Adolescent Development in Diverse Families
  • Internship w/ Families & Children
  • Social Welfare: Impact Diverse Groups
  • Services & Supports for Children, Youth, & Families I
  • Services & Supports for Children, Youth, & Families II
  • Current Controversies
  • Social Welfare Policy II
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Families in Poverty
  • Family Sexuality Education Across Cultures
  • Family Life Education Process
  • Family Violence, Marital Distress & Divorce: Implications for Family Life Professionals
  • Family Policy, Law & Ethics
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Social Work in a Diverse World
  • Critical Thinking about Family Relationships
  • Professional Issues in Family Science
  • Families in Global Contexts
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Advance Survey of Family Science
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

This program explores the diversity of family systems and their members (e.g., cultural and socioeconomic contexts) across the life span. Courses focus on couple, marital, parent-child, and other family relationships. Some topics addressed are singlehood, decision making, gender roles, communication, relationship satisfaction, divorce, remarriage, widowhood, intergenerational relationships, stress, violence, family policy, family life education, family support, family poverty, human sexuality, and family strengths.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Sean Newsome
Master's Level
Masters Comments

The program emphasizes the importance of theoretical understanding, conducting and evaluating research, and the practical application of knowledge. The program of study includes a set core of required courses, along with a several options of various FSW courses and electives that enable students to select courses that best fit their particular interests. The core requirements include content regarding family theories, statistics, research methods, family policy, and diversity within and across families. All students in this program design and conduct a creative thesis project.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

Program Approved Since
CFLE Contact
Elise Radina, Ph.D, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email