Social Development Studies

Social Development Studies empowers students to pursue lives and careers dedicated to the promotion of individual and community well-being.

What is Social Development Studies?

Social Development Studies (SDS) is a Bachelor of Arts major offering courses in human and social development, including psychology, sociology, and social work. Students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal relations, leadership, civic engagement, and global citizenship. With a University of Waterloo degree and an SDS major, graduates attain an excellent foundation for graduate studies, professional programs, and careers in human and public service.

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Who we are and what you will learn in this program? Learn more about our program and core learning outcomes.

What courses we offer?  Create your own plan by choosing electives from specific psychology and sociology courses, social work and interdisciplinary SDS courses. 

What specializations we offer? Focus your interests with one or more of our specializations.

Our award-winning faculty and their research? Learn more about our award-winning faculty, their research interests, and the courses they teach here at Renison.

Studying on campus at Renison University College?  Affiliated with the University of Waterloo, Renison University College offers small class sizes, residence - SDS Living-Learning Community, and a supportive environment - everything you need close by!

Studying online? You can complete your general Bachelor of Arts in SDS entirely via online courses.

Our alumni? What have they been doing since their time at Renison, and how they are making an impact in the community.

How to apply?  Find out more about your path to SDS directly from high school or with previous education.

Future Students

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Current Students

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Marielle - Recent Graduate

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Denise Marigold - Associate Professor

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