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Social Work

Social Work

  • Social Work
  • Social Work & Disability Studies
  • Social Work & Women’s Studies

Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Make a difference in people’s lives. Our social work grads are in high demand and you’ll find the work meaningful and rewarding. You will make friends for life in this tight-knit program based in a modern, landmark building just steps from the waterfront. You’ll have lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, joining clubs, going on exchange and volunteering in the community.


Sample Courses: Meeting Human Needs through Social Welfare, Social Work and Violence, Feminist Social Work, Theory and Practice of Social Work with Individuals, Social Policy and Social Welfare, Field Education


Career Tracks: Child welfare worker, community support worker, mental health counsellor, parole officer, human rights advocate

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: Grade 12 English required. Social Work students reapply for admission to Year 3.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Become an effective advocate with this program that combines social work and disabilities studies. You’ll get lots of hands-on experience in the field and have the opportunity to go on exchange and join clubs. This is a program where you can learn to make a make a difference in the world.


Sample Courses: Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities; Community Approaches, Advocacy and Empowerment; Social Justice in Action; Social Work and Diversity; Field Education


Career Tracks: Disability support worker, social worker, child and youth worker, community support worker, family service worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required. Social Work students re-apply for admission to Year 3.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Be one of a kind with a degree from the only Social Work and Women’s Studies program in North America. We offer unique opportunities for hands-on learning, bringing your knowledge of equity, diversity and inclusion in to focus. We’ve got clubs, exchange opportunities and the chance to become involved in the community.


Sample Courses: Meeting Human Needs through Social Welfare; Social Work and Violence; Feminist Social Work; Women, Race and Social Justice; Frameworks of Feminist Research; Women’s Movements in North America


Career Tracks: Victim advocate, human rights advocate, crisis counsellor, women’s shelter service worker, child and youth protection worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: ENG4U required. Social Work students reapply for admission to Year 3.
Minimum Average: 70%*

* 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

  • Understand human behaviour, communication, and interaction as shaped by social/cultural contexts
  • Assess, evaluate, and understand individual, family and group behaviours
  • Appreciate contemporary social, community and ethical issues and related public policy
  • Implement and understand social work interventions for individuals, families, and other groups
  • Critically understand the histories, functions, and limitations of important social welfare organizations

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Number of Graduates (2018)

93%


Employment Rate of Graduates

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion (OUGS Social Sciences, 2018)

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Career Tracks*


  • Addictions counsellor
  • Advocate
  • Bereavement specialist
  • Business advisor
  • Case worker
  • Child and youth worker
  • Child welfare worker
  • Community developer
  • Community support worker
  • Consultant
  • Counsellor
  • Development officer
  • Family service worker
  • Health and safety manager
  • Health educator
  • Human resources manager
  • Human rights officer
  • Intake supervisor
  • Journalist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Lawyer
  • Legal consultant
  • Mental health counselor
  • Operations director
  • Parole officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Project manager
  • Public relations
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Settlement worker
  • Social worker

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


Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia: Advanced social research
  • Business: Research and analysis, human resources
  • Education: Advising, counselling, corporate training
  • Government: Research and policy development
  • Healthcare: Administration, counselling
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Immigration and community integration
  • Social research agencies

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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

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HIP

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.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

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

Extracurricular

Extracurricular

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

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Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won’t want to leave.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020
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Why you should attend Open House

  • Attend program presentations
  • Visit the Student Services Fair
  • Speak with professors, staff and current students
  • Learn about our Student Awards and Financial Aid program
  • See the campus including residence and our athletic facilities
  • Remember to sign-in for your chance to win free fall semester tuition!

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Why you should attend Open House

  • Attend program presentations
  • Visit the Student Services Fair
  • Speak with professors, staff and current students
  • Learn about our Student Awards and Financial Aid program
  • See the campus including residence and our athletic facilities
  • Remember to sign-in for your chance to win free fall semester tuition!

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Ontario Universities Fair

September 27 - 29, 2019

If you’re thinking about applying to UWindsor, don’t miss OUF.

Why you should attend OUF

  • The OUF draws more than 130,000 students, parents and educators over the 3-day event. Don’t miss out on the largest educational fair in Canada!
  • You can talk to students, professors and university reps, get answers about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.
  • UWindsor will offer multiple info session throughout the OUF weekend.

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