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Family & Social Relations G H C

Families are dynamic. Gain theoretical and practical insights into the changes that affect families, and the social responses to those changes. This program explores child studies, sexuality and sexual health, family history and change, marriage dynamics, and gender issues. It combines courses from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, social work, history and women’s and gender studies.

Sample Courses: Foundations of Social Life; Sociology of Families; Researching Social Life; Sexuality and Health; Women, Race and Social Justice

Career Tracks: Child and youth worker, human resources manager, counselling/ rehabilitation, public relations officer, health educator

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): N/A

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Identifying, interpreting, and communicating key issues relevant to individuals, groups and society
  • Practising several scientific methods of data collection, statistical analysis, and evaluation; using methods and tests to analyze, interpret and assess possible behaviours
  • Critically evaluating and interpreting existing research/theories and applying the results to solve problems
  • Understanding and assessing the psychological, emotional, cognitive, and social determinants of human behaviour
  • Appreciating the respective roles of various governmental, community, and health-care institutions


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Social Sciences, 2017)

Career Tracks*

  • Administrative assistant
  • Case worker
  • Child and youth worker
  • Communications specialist
  • Consultant
  • Counsellor
  • Court monitor
  • Development analyst
  • Educational assistant
  • Health educator
  • Human resources manager
  • Immigration officer
  • Industry instructor
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Operations director
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Psychologist
  • Public official
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public relations officer
  • Recreational director
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Sales manager
  • Social worker
  • Teacher

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia
  • Business: Analysis, research, corporate communications
  • Education: Public schools, vocational/corporate training
  • Government services
  • Journalism: Political correspondence and analysis
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Politics: Political office, campaign management, polling and research, speech writing
  • Public policy think tanks and consulting: Public/private sectors

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With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.

How to Apply

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



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Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)