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New Name for CSBSSW

Published: February 26, 2016

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work (CSBSSW) has a new, and much shorter, name: the College of Social Sciences (CSS). The EWU Board of Trustees approved the name change at its meeting on Friday, Feb. 26.

Changing the name to something that is more focused, clear and insightful has been in the works for nearly two years and received overwhelming support from the College's faculty.

"The new name of the College of Social Sciences maintains the uniqueness of the academic disciplines within our College, while making it more identifiable to all," says College Dean Vickie Shields, PhD. "This change will not only improve the visibility of the College within the community, but it will help strengthen our fundraising potential and allow us to maintain the strong ties we already have to various agencies and organizations, projects and ventures."

Shields also notes the new name will help in promoting Social Science degrees to students, potential employees and the community as a whole. She points out there will be minimal expenses with the name change to produce things like new promotional material, letterhead and envelopes and business cards.

No additional personnel or capital investments are needed for the name change.

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The CSS consists of the School of Social Work, and many Departments and Programs that reflect its name including Addiction Studies, Africana Studies Program, Aging Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Chicano Education, Children's Studies, Communication Studies, Disability Studies and Universal Access, Geography, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Affairs, Military Science, Political Science, Psychology, Race and Culture Studies, Social Studies, Sociology and Justice Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.

The various programs are located across existing EWU Cheney and Spokane campuses, and in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In addition, programs in Interdisciplinary Studies, Children's Studies and Psychology are offered at the Bellevue College campus in Bellevue, WA, as well as Social Work MSW Programs in Vancouver and Everett, WA.

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