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Family and Community Social Services

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Honours Bachelor of Applied Science
Social Service Worker Diploma

Why study FCSS at UofGH?

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Degree + Diploma

Transfer Credit for Previous Postsecondary Education


Focused Program


Close-Knit Community


Industry Connections

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One Location

Located in Toronto

Live & Study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Study In + Explore Toronto

Toronto is a dynamic place to live and learn. The Greater Toronto Area is home to approximately 5.4 million people, one-sixth of Canada’s population; nearly half of that population is made up of residents from around the world.

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3 million people live in the City of Toronto

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world

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More than 140 languages & dialects are spoken in Toronto

Attending university in Canada’s cultural, economic and business centre will play an essential role in your program opportunities.

Our campus is serviced by four transit systems that link you to urban and rural destinations.

Explore Toronto and get to know its 140 neighbourhoods! Visit local tourist attractions including the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Kensington Market, Scotiabank Arena, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District and Niagara Falls (two hours away).

Where else can you experience festivals celebrating food, music and people from other countries within a few city blocks? Your choices for recreation off campus are unlimited with large- and small-scale facilities and venues for sports, music, theatre and art.

Focused Academic Program

Explore current social issues and understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations so you can learn how to deliver impactful services, such as counselling, mediation and crisis intervention.

Courses in your first year focus on understanding human behaviour and issues related to individuals, families and groups. In your second year, you will engage in theoretical and practical studies in counselling, ethical and professional issues, and working with various vulnerable populations.

Build strong clinical skills that exceed the industry standard for undergraduate education. Learn basic communication competencies to more in-depth therapeutic interventions for individual, group and family counselling. You will practise interviewing, counselling, crisis intervention, mediation and conflict resolution. By recording the sessions, you can analyze your techniques to help you learn to communicate and support people more effectively.

In your upper years, you will work with diverse groups and learn theory and techniques in family therapy, case management and social work practice. Graduate with important skills in social work—how to listen, how to support someone, understanding boundaries, professionalism, cultural awareness, compassion, global citizenship and self-care. Apply to be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as a Social Service Worker in your final semester.

Open up opportunities in your field by expanding on your skills to deliver impactful services, including counselling, mediation and crisis intervention. Explore the development and delivery of programs designed to assist individuals, families and communities.

Graduate with important skills in social work—how to listen, how to support someone, understanding boundaries, professionalism, cultural awareness, compassion, global citizenship and self-care.

First-year Courses

  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • Couple & Family Dynamics
  • English I: Reading & Writing Effectively
  • General Elective
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics or Principles of Sociology
  • Issues in Advocacy & Social Justice
  • Social Issues & Social Environments
  • Social Work in Canada
  • The Political Process & Social Work

Note: First-year courses and the Family and Community Social Services program plan may be subject to change.

Transfer Pathways

We offer full-time and part-time programs for applicants eligible for our College Block Credit Transfer Pathway.

Full-time study on campus:

  • Attend classes on campus in Toronto
  • Complete your degree in two years!

Part-time study, fully online:

  • Flexibility of online study anywhere with an internet connection
  • All courses are online
  • Complete your degree in two and a half years
  • View program plan

Part-time study, hybrid (online and on campus):

  • Advantages of on-site interaction with peers along with the flexibility of online study
  • Complete your degree in two and a half years
  • 70% of courses are online
  • 30% of courses are hybrid
  • Six hybrid courses combine online study with in-class lectures on campus in Toronto. You attend class two weekends per hybrid course: Friday (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Dates will be posted on our website.
  • View program plan

Our college block credit transfer pathway allows you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours program.

If you have completed one of the following two- or three-year diplomas from a recognized Ontario college, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible for 10.0 transfer credits (equivalent to two years of study):

  • Child & Youth Care/Child & Youth Worker
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Social Service Worker

Note: Please refer to for details on other diploma equivalences.

Because your diploma meets our placement requirements, no placements are required as part of your degree coursework.

*If you are not eligible for the College Block Credit Transfer Pathway but have some completed related degree coursework and are interested in the FCSS program, please contact Admission Services to discuss admission options.

Experiential Learning

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Advanced Practicum

Starting in your second year, you will earn more than 850 hours of supervised workplace experience.

  • Year 2, Winter: Your first placement will expose you to a variety of social issues and day-to-day operations within a community organization.
  • Year 3, Fall/Winter: Continue to learn about agency functions and begin to interact with agency staff, volunteers, clients and the community.
  • Year 4, Fall/Winter: Provide direct client services through individual, family, group and/or community interventions.

Past placements include:

  • Addiction centres
  • Children’s mental health centres
  • Crisis counselling lines
  • Correctional facilities
  • Employment centres
  • Probation and parole centres
  • School settings
  • Seniors’ residences
  • Settlement agencies
  • Youth drop-in centres

Note: You will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening prior to each placement.

Program Overview

Review the current program overview to see courses included in the Family and Community Social Services program. Course scheduling is subject to change.

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Addictions Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Community Support Worker
  • Community Youth Worker
  • Crisis Counsellor
  • Family and Community Mediator
  • Family Support Coordinator
  • Hospice Support Worker
  • Intensive Behaviour Therapist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Parole Officer
  • Social Service Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Residential Worker
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Arts in Critical Disability Studies
  • Law School
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy & Administration
  • Postgraduate certificate in Mental Health & Addictions
  • Master of Arts in Clinical & Counselling Psychology

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.


Neve C.
Family and Community Social Services alumna, graduated 2019
Pursuing a Master of Social Work 

“The initial draw to Guelph-Humber was the integrated diploma and university degree, because when I was applying to schools, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do college or university. Now, I’ve earned both a diploma and degree, and the door is open for me to pursue grad school.”

  • Peer Tutor
  • Peer Note-taker
  • FCSS See|Change Symposium Speakers Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Associate, Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship
  • Renewable Scholarships
  • Family & Community Social Services Scholarship
  • Vice-Provost Award for Academic Excellence


Participate in professional development

The See|Change Symposium is an annual student-run event that gives you the opportunity to learn from invited practitioners and researchers in your field.

The City Law School (LLB)

The University of Guelph-Humber and The City Law School, City, University of London have partnered to offer you a prime law school opportunity. Earn a senior status law degree in only two years following completion of your honours degree.

  • Eligible for admission with a competitive average
  • No LSAT
  • Reduced tuition

Study in London, England, where the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and do research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications

Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

  • Going to outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Understanding freedom of speech through the examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study “eco-psychology” - the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved!


Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class with a focus on your field of interest. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. Get involved with the FCSS Society!


The FCSS Model UN is a simulation of United Nations organizations in which students take on roles of representatives from various countries and debate current issues, such as gender equality, climate action, global health. Students gain hands-on experience in examining political issues, international relations, and current events, as they improve their skills in public speaking, debating and collaboration.

Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship: a global, undergraduate, research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Family and Community Social Services Program Head, Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Assistant to present study results at professional symposiums.

Agora Fellowship

Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Assistant Vice-Provost Dr. George Bragues. Build your extracurricular experience. Every year the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.


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