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Why study Family & Community Social Services at UofGH?

Learn the hows and the whys.  All of them.

Working with vulnerable populations means challenging assumptions and stereotypes.  It means being a part of a process of listening and of assessment so that you can effect change on many levels – from the individual to the whole of society.  That’s why you’ll learn the skills to make professional judgments, and to effectively assess information so that you can work in the best interest of another. 

Preparing to work with any population and in any setting means learning the hows and the whys – all of them. Acceptance, individualization, non-judgmentalism, objectivity, self-determination and confidentiality. 

Learn the business and management side of agencies.  Learn how social movements have changed the world.  An education in all aspects of human development and behaviour and in all settings prepares you for just that.

See why experience is everything.

When it comes to working with people, experience is everything.  That’s why you’ll gain more than 850 hours of experience through our placements over your four years.  But it’s not just the amount of time that’s significant – you’ll work with a variety of people in a variety of settings. 

You’ll have the opportunity to work in hospitals, social service agencies, or advocacy organizations.  You can choose to work with children, with youth, with families, with the elderly.  And since we’re located in Toronto – one of the most multicultural cities in the world - you’ll have all these options nearby.

A small learning environment is a better learning environment.

We can’t stress this enough.  Personalized service is engrained in the UofGH experience. 

You’ll not only be part of a small classroom, but you’ll go through your four years at UofGH with the same group of peers.  This means learning together, working together, growing together.  Share your placement experiences in a small group with your professor so that you can get the most out of your professional development.  You’ll get to know our names and we’ll get to know yours. 

Interested in a particular area?  We’ll work one on one with you to make sure you’re on the right path – from choosing the right courses to choosing the right placements to ensuring you’ve got all necessary requirements for further education.

It’s not your typical lab.

Our simulated community agency lab is like no other.  Practice what you’re learning in class in a lab that functions as an agency.  You’ll find an intake office, an interview room complete with one-way observation mirrors and video recording devices - everything you’ll need to hone your counselling, interviewing, mediation and crisis intervention skills.

Studying at the University of Guelph-Humber

Learn from faculty who know the field – because they work in it.

Our family & community social services faculty aren’t just professors – they’re executive directors of community agencies, senior clinicians and social workers.  They teach you an evidence-based curriculum that’s meaningful and focused on what’s current. 

UofGH draws faculty who understand the importance of both classroom and experiential learning – because they are a part of the changing landscape.  And because of our small classes, you’ll get personal attention from these academic and field experts during and after class.

Gain an edge.  Get undergraduate research experience.

You’ll notice our research program is slightly different than most.  Its entire structure is designed to give you an edge so that you’ll stand out when the time comes.

Learn more about research at UofGH.     

Study abroad.

Diversity isn’t just the fabric of UofGH – it’s the fabric of the world.  At UofGH, every student has the opportunity to prepare for a world without borders.  And because all study abroad courses are affordable, the opportunities are within reach.

Learn more about studying abroad at UofGH.