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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?
Degree + Diploma
Transfer Credit for Previous Postsecondary Education
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 6.8 million people, one-sixth of Canada’s population; nearly half of that population is made up of residents from around the world.
3 million people live in the City of Toronto
Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world
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.
In your upper years, you will work with diverse groups and learn theory and techniques in areas such as family therapy, case management, crisis intervention, and nonprofit agency administration. 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.
Graduate with important skills in social services—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.
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, and explore the development and delivery of programs designed to assist individuals, families and communities.
- Focus on understanding human behaviour and issues related to individuals, families and groups
- Engage in theoretical and practical studies in counselling, ethical and professional issues, and working with various populations
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.
- Child & Adolescent Development
- Couple & Family Dynamics
- FCSS Writing & Communication Skills
- 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.
If you have any postsecondary education and you wish to apply to the University of Guelph-Humber, then you are a Transfer Applicant.
College Block Credit Transfer Pathway
Our college block credit transfer pathways allow you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours degree program.
If you have completed an Addiction & Mental Health Worker diploma from a recognized Ontario college, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible for 5.0 transfer credits (equivalent to one year of study). Graduates of Centennial College with an Addiction & Mental Health Worker diploma may be eligible for 10.0 transfer credits (equivalent to two years of study).
If you have completed one of the recognized Ontario college two- or three-year diplomas listed below, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible for 10.0 transfer credits (equivalent to two years of study). Applicants with these diplomas will not have placements in their program because those requirements are fulfilled by the completion of the diploma.
- Child and Youth Care/Child and Youth Worker
- Developmental Services Worker
- Social Service Worker
Please refer to www.ocswssw.org/registration-section/list-of-social-service-work-programs/ for details on other diploma equivalences.
Full-time study on campus:
- Attend classes on campus in Toronto
- Complete your degree in two years!
- Our full-time Family and Community Social Services (FCSS) program is available to block credit transfer applicants who receive 5.0 or 10.0 transfer credits.
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
- Our part-time FCSS program is only available to block credit transfer applicants who have one of the diplomas listed above and receive 10.0 transfer credits.
General Transfer Applicants
If you are not eligible as a College Block Credit Transfer applicant, you are considered a General Transfer Applicant. General Transfer Applicants are only eligible to apply to the full-time on-campus option.
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
- Correctional facilities
- Crisis counselling lines
- 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.
Review the appropriate program overview for you to see courses included in the Family and Community Social Services program. Applying to full-time: Students that will receive 10 transfer credits, refer to the "2 years". Students that will receive less than 10 transfer credits, refer to "2 years+". Applying to part-time online, see button below. 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
- Residential Youth 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.
Currently in 4th year of the Family and Community Social Services program
Planning to pursue graduate school, e.g. Masters in Social Work or Public Policy/Administration
“The FCSS program has given me opportunities and skills to critically examine the world around me. Future students can expect to come into an environment that facilitates meaningful learning about a wide array of topics.”
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
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 nature and farm schools in Odense where children learn through 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
- Immersing in the Italian food experience from production to consumption in Italy, including a visit to the world's first food theme park
- Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to learn about human reponses to the climate crisis—exploring environmental solutions led by scientists and local communities
- Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights
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!
Model United Nations (UN)
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 and 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.
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 Interim 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.