Submitted by the Executive
August 28, 2013
The University of North Florida's Department of Sociology and Anthropology formally requests to change its name to the "Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work."
This change reflects the addition of a third degree program to the Department, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), which began enrolling students in fall 2013. Students looking for a degree in Social Work need to know that the BSW is available at UNF, and that the program is as highly regarded and fully developed as the two other degree programs in our department. This is indeed the case, as three of our 17 full-time faculty are now assigned to the Social Work program, and an 18th faculty position, for which we are searching this year, will be assigned to Social Work as well. The name change will also draw positive attention to the Department from community members who have been eager to see Social Work become part of UNF's curriculum.
The new name, "Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work," is common at other US institutions where these three social science disciplines are combined in one department. These include Kansas State University, Texas Tech, Auburn University and the University of Dayton.
Perhaps most importantly, our faculty unanimously support this change, as indicated by a vote held at our Fall Workshop on August 20, 2013.
In sum, we as a Department request permission to officially change our name to the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, as this:
*COAS Dean Barbara Hetrick endorsed this request. It will recognize the addition of the three major components.
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