Family Social Sciences


 The Family Social Sciences Program has undergone administrative and program restructuring. Admissions to the program have been suspended and there will be no further admissions after January 2019.

Students interested in the field of family social sciences are encouraged to apply to the Bachelor of Health Studies (BHSt), a degree program within the Interdisciplinary Health Program (IHP), Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

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Program description

The Family Social Sciences program teaches students about how family community and culture impact human health and well-being. It is an innovative program that appeals to students interested in a dynamic career helping others through prevention, education and health promotion. Students gain an understanding of human development, relationships, healthy communities, diversity, equity and social justice. Students develop skills in evaluating the effectiveness of programs aimed at supporting families, and become experts in the impact of individual, community, cultural, and political environments on family well-being. 

Program options

Degree options

B.H.Ecol. (FSS) Bachelor of Human Ecology (Family Social Sciences)

Study options

Full-time program - 4 years
After degree program - 2 years (60 credit hours)
Transfer program - 2 years (60 credit hours)


  • Aging
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Family Violence and Conflict Resolution
  • Social Development
  • Family Economic Health

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Multicultural Family Issues
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Death and Dying
  • Family Economics: Poverty and Wealth

Fieldwork options
The Family Social Sciences program offers a fieldwork placement course providing students the opportunity to work in a community agency under the supervision of a faculty member and an employee of the agency in the student's area of interest.

Note: The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Human Ecology holds a transfer agreement with Red River College programs.

Professional opportunities

  • Community economic development worker
  • Child development consultant
  • Community services worker
  • Academic advisor
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Financial planner
  • Social policy analyst
  • Family services worker
  • Youth counsellor
  • Group home worker
  • Child life therapist
  • Marriage and family therapist

    Admission Requirements

    Visit the application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

    What is unique about this program at the U of M?

    The University of Manitoba's Family Social Sciences program is unique to the prairies and gives opportunities for graduates of Red River College's programs in Disability Services, Child and Youth Care, and Early Childhood Education to bring two years worth of credit to this four year program. Graduates of other degree programs may take advantage of the After Degree Program in Family Social Sciences.

    The Faculty of Human Ecology is home to several accomplished faculty members. Dr. Brownridge is an invited member of the National Network of Experts of the Minnesota Centre Against Violence and Abuse, and the Office on Violence Against Women. Dr. Durrant received the YMCA-YWSA Woman of Distinction Award, in the Education, Training and Mentorship category as well as the Canadian Red Cross, Manitoba Chapter Power of Humanity Award: Humanitarian of the Year award in 2011. Finally, Dr. Mignone is the recipient of the 2010 Merit Award for Research and the Rh Award.

    Important links

    Faculty of Human Ecology
    Max Rady College of Medicine 
    Family Social Sciences in Human Ecology 
    Family Social Sciences Graduate Program